A couple of familiar faces will try and de-rail City of Peterborough’s charge towards the top of the East Premier A Division on Saturday.
City claimed a superb 4-2 win against Wapping at the London Olympic Hockey Park last weekend to make it six games unbeaten.
City remain fourth in the table, but they are only five points of top spot ahead of their game against Bedford at Bretton Gate (1pm start).
Bedford are just a place and three points behind City. They boast former City skipper Simon Shorter and ex-player David Appleton in their ranks.
Appleton was a high-class performer for City in their last National League campaign
“David is probably the stand out big name player in the East League this season,” City manager Graham Finding stated.
“David has joined his local club this season, following a successful promotion season with top National League side Holcombe last year and will clearly be up for the fixture against his ex club, for whom he and brothers Andy and Johnny played a large number of National league fixtures.
“But we are playing well and we are very confident.
“The game at Wapping wasn’t of the highest quality, but we deserved the win. We are progressing nicely, but the tough games just keep on coming in a very competitive league.”
Teenager Sam Anderson scored twice at the Olympic Park after an early Joe Finding penalty stroke and before man-of-the-match Ben Read finished the scoring late on.
City led 2-0 before being pegged back to 2-2, but they finished strongly to claim the three points.
Anderson also scored five goals the following day as City won their English Hockey Under 18 Cup tie 9-0 against Norwich City.
City of Peterborough Ladies are also closing in on the leaders in East Division One North.
They beat a Norwich City side who started the day in second-place 3-1 at Bretton Gate thanks to a hat-trick from Anna Faux.
Faux took advantage of some oustanding and creative team-play. Robyn Gribble and Tierney Augustine delivered superb goal assists.
City are fourth in the table, but just one point off top spot ahead of a trip to lowly Bedford seconds this weekend.
Bedford became the first team this season to lose to Spalding last weekend.
Spalding won 3-2 as Karen Timby (2) and Kelly Slator found their scoring boots.
Spalding, who travel to mid-table Norwich Dragons this Saturday, also played well in defeat to Division One rivals Wisbech in the English Hockey Trophy. Di Bevan claimed the Spalding consolation goal.
City of Peterborough men’s seconds were delighted with their 2-0 win over Spalding firsts in the Premier B Division. Manish Patel and Paul Hillsdon scored the goals.
But City of Peterborough thirds were appalled with their display as they were crushed 6-0 at Bourne Deeping in Division One.
Stuart Biggs (3), Chris Clarkson (2) and Aaron Dawson scored the Bourne Deeping goals.
In Division Six North West Stuart Perkins made his first Spalding appearance for four years and scored five times in a 9-0 hammering of Bourne Deeping sixths.
City of Peterborough eighths made it a perfect 10 wins out of 10 in Division Six North West (South) with a 3-1 win at St Ives, courtesy of goals from Aggi Milner, Patrick Crane and Martin Hill.
Milner had also turned out for the club’s ninth team four hours earlier and scored twice in a 3-2 defeat to Cambs Nomads.
And City of Peterborough Ladies thirds celebrated their first win of the Division Three North West season. Goals from Sally Leeds, Georgie Richardson and Holly Norfield secured a 3-0 win over Newmarket.