City of Peterborough were beaten for the first time in seven East Premier A Division matches as they went down 2-1 at second-placed Wapping in the Olympic Stadium on Saturday (December 13).
The game started at a frenetic pace with both sides going close in the opening minutes. The hosts then broke the deadlock from their only short corner of the match. City responded well with Sam Anderson going close with a great deflected effort.
The second-half saw City begin to dominate possession as the opposition dropped back to half court to soak up the pressure. City thought they had made the breakthrough when Ben Read evaded a couple of tackles and fed Ross Ambler at the far post only for the umpire at the opposite end to disallow. This soon became a double-blow as wapping capitalised on an uncharacteristic mistake at the back from City to clinically finish and double their lead.
City continued to press and didn’t let the opposition control the game leading to two short corners. Joe Finding expertly converted the second to halve the deficit. City kept pressing high in search of an equaliser, but a strong Wapping defence held strong to close out the game.
City will feel disappointed not to come away with something but can once again learn from the importance of clinical finishing.
City also contested the East Indood Finals for the first time in recent history yesterday (December 14). City had to pit their wits against some very experienced National League sides and lost narrowly to eventual champions Harleston as well as Old Loughtonians.
City did beat St Albans in a 13-goal thrillr to complete a decent effort. Particular credit went to Cameron Heald and Sam Anderson who really shone at this format of the game. Callum Rigby, making his senior indoor debut between the posts, also put in several brave performances.
City have continued to improve in each the three years they have entered the indoors now and will look to challenge for a National League spot again next year.