Puddings rise while Green Blue Zeds are golden

Men's tournament winners Sticky Toffee Puddings. From the left are, back, Nathan Foad, Sam Anderson, Chris Porter, Matt Porter, Adam Wilson, Nicky Reddy, front, Paul Hillsdon, Henry Ricketts, Charlie Exton (goalkeeper) and Nigel Foad.
Men's tournament winners Sticky Toffee Puddings. From the left are, back, Nathan Foad, Sam Anderson, Chris Porter, Matt Porter, Adam Wilson, Nicky Reddy, front, Paul Hillsdon, Henry Ricketts, Charlie Exton (goalkeeper) and Nigel Foad.
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Sticky Toffee Puddings enjoyed the sweet taste of victory in the City of Peterborough Festival 7s at Bretton Gate.

Some of the brightest young talents at host club City of Peterborough joined forces with veteran Nigel Foad to deliver a dominant all-day display in the mens’ event.

Mixed winners Blue Green Zeds. From the left are Andrew Kind, Caroline Geddes, Shane Carlton, Mandy Pearson, Matt Clarkson, Richard Arnold, Scott Downie and Amy Ellington with Will Anderson at the front.

Mixed winners Blue Green Zeds. From the left are Andrew Kind, Caroline Geddes, Shane Carlton, Mandy Pearson, Matt Clarkson, Richard Arnold, Scott Downie and Amy Ellington with Will Anderson at the front.

The Puddings scored 35 goals in four group matches before despatching Beavers 5-3 in their semi-final and Ragamuffins 3-1 in the final.

The winners had also seen off Ragamuffins 6-2 in their group, but struggled to find a way past powerfully-built, makeshift goalkeeper Neil Lake in the final.

The winners were boosted by the presence of City of Peterborough Ladies number one Charlie Exton in their goal.

The Puddings had less trouble with National League Premier Division player Gareth Andrew in their opening game of the day.

Sharpshooter Andrew, who also coaches City of Peterborough’s 1st XI, played at the back for a Bourne Again side who lost 14-1 to the eventual champions.

Ragamuffins saw off Sons of Pitches 2-1 in their semi-final.

Green Blue Zeds continued their recent improvement as they took the Festival 7s mixed crown 24 hours later. Again Ragamuffins. the reigning Roger Brummitt Mixed Hockey Trophy champions, were the victims in the final.

Green Blue Zeds, plate runners-up at the Brummitt - their first appearance in a final for 30 years - won the match 2-1.

Green Blue Zeds had lost to Sons of Pitches in a group match earlier in the day, but they rallied to reach the semi-finals where they beat multiple competition winners Jurassic Beavers.

Ragamuffins beat GPO 3-2 in their semi-final.

Eleven teams contested the mixed tournament with 10 taking part in the mens’ competition.

The tournaments took place as part of the City of Peterborough festival weekend which also included a squash tournament, two high-class cricket matches and a beer festival.