PREVIEW: City want a stress-free contest

City of Peterborough Ladies ahead of their 3-0 win against Lincoln. Photo: Paul Evans. Pictured are: (from the left): Back Row: Simon Morris (manager), Robyn Gribble, Katy Lee, Tierney Augustine, Lauren Finding (Capt), Anna Faux, Kate Dixon, Di Bevan.
Front Row: Chelsea Oldham, Lucy Dakin, Emilie Morris, Becki Wadsworth, Emma Faux, Eliska Srnska (GK), Mel Ludlam.

City of Peterborough Ladies ahead of their 3-0 win against Lincoln. Photo: Paul Evans. Pictured are: (from the left): Back Row: Simon Morris (manager), Robyn Gribble, Katy Lee, Tierney Augustine, Lauren Finding (Capt), Anna Faux, Kate Dixon, Di Bevan. Front Row: Chelsea Oldham, Lucy Dakin, Emilie Morris, Becki Wadsworth, Emma Faux, Eliska Srnska (GK), Mel Ludlam.

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City of Peterborough are hoping for a stress-free match when they travel to bottom club Chelmsford in the East Premier A Division tomorrow (October 8).

City held on to win a thriller on the road at Harleston last weekend to make it two wins from three matches.

Action from City of Peterborough Ladies' 3-0 win over Lincoln. Photo: Terry Harris.

Action from City of Peterborough Ladies' 3-0 win over Lincoln. Photo: Terry Harris.

Remarkably City are only seventh in the 12-team table, but they would expect to improve that position tomorrow, as long as their attitude is spot on.

City skipper Ross Booth said: “Our matches must be great to watch for the neutrals, but our fans won’t have any fingernails left.

“The game at Harleston epitomised our great team spirit. Everyone pulled their weight and we deserved to win. Not many teams manage to win at Harleston.

“Chelmsford lost several players in the summer and have endured a difficult start, but they are always tough to beat at home.”

Action from City of Peterborough Ladies (red) 3-0 win over Lincoln. Photo: Terry Harris.

Action from City of Peterborough Ladies (red) 3-0 win over Lincoln. Photo: Terry Harris.

City welcome Aussie forward Robbie Muir back to the club this weekend, although he is carrying ain injury.

City have received a cracking draw in the second round of the English Hockey Cup.

Last season City enjoyed a club record run to the semi-finals of the country’s premier knockout competition.

But they’ll behard pressed to repeat than run as they’ve been paired with National Premier Division side Reading in a second round tie tie to be played at Bretton Gate on Sunday, October 30.

Reading have won the cup five times, but not since 2004.

City of Peterborough Ladies are one of three teams with perfect winning records in East Division One North after three games. They should extend that proud record when hosting Harleston seconds tomorrow (1pm start)>

Spalding men preserved their 100 per cent record in the Premier B Division last weekend with a hard fought 4-3 win at Blueharts. Shaun Cunnington claimed all four goals.

City of Peterborough seconds are not far adrift in third after despatching Havering 5-3. Paul Hillsdon bagged a hat-trick.

Things are not going so well for City thirds who went down to a third straight defeat in Division One, 2-1 at high-flying Shefford & Sandy. Aaron Angus scored the City goal.

Bourne Deeping are hitting their stride in this division. They thumped bottom club Norwich City seconds 7-0 with Stuart Biggs scoring twice.

FIXTURES

Saturday, October 8

EAST LEAGUE

Men

Premier A Division: Chelmsford v City of Peterborough.

Premier B Division: City of Peterborough 2nds v Ipswich & East Suffolk, Spalding v West Herts 2nds, Wisbech v Cambridge University 2nds.

Division One: Long Sutton v Shefford & Sandy, Norwich City 2nds v City of Peterborough 3rds, Upminster v Bourne Deeping.

Division Two North: Dereham 2nds v March.

Division Three North West: City of Peterborough 4ths v Horncastle, Wisbech 2nds v Spalding 2nds, Spalding 3rds v Long Sutton 2nds, Bourne Deeping 2nds v St Neots.

Division Four North West: City of Peterborough 6ths v Wisbech 3rds, Wellingborough v City of Peterborough 5ths, St Neots 2nds v Bourne Deeping 3rds.

Division Five North West: Horncastle 2nds v Bourne Deeping 4ths, March 2nds v City of Peterborough 7ths, City of Peterborough 8ths v St Neots 3rds.

Division Six North West (North): Wisbech 4ths v Leadenham 2nds, Alford 2nds v Bourne Deeping 5th, Spalding 5ths v Long Sutton 3rds, Long Sutton 4ths v Spalding 4ths, Bourne Deeping 6ths v Louth 2nds.

Division Six North West (South): Cambridge South 4ths v City of Peterborough 9ths.

Ladies

Premier Division: Old Loughtonians v Wisbech.

Division One North: City of Peterborough v Harleston 2nds.

Division Two North West: Royston v Long Sutton, Newmarket v Spalding, Cambridge Nomads v City of Peterborough 2nds, St Neots v Wisbech 2nds, Bourne Deeping v Cambridge University 3rds.

Division Three North West: City of Peterborough 3rds v Newmarket 2nds, Spalding 2nds v Huntingdon, Wisbech 3rds v Ely.

Division Four North West (North): Long Sutton 2nds v Spalding 3rds, March v City of Peterborough 4ths, Spilsby v Bourne Deeping 2nds, Bourne Deeping 3rds v Woodhall Spa.