City of Peterborough Ladies sealed promotion from East Division Two North West with a 3-0 win over Alford at Bretton Gate on Saturday (February 28)
City played well within themselves against a below-strength Alford team. Movement and passing were there, but there was a lack of intensity.
After initial sparring City took control of the game and a crisp move ended with Lyn Tancred driving into the right hand side of the ‘D’ before laying the ball off to Tierney Augustine who finished well to fire the home side ahead.
After half-time City doubled their lead when a well-worked short corner came to Jen Duffy who fired low and hard past the goalkeeper’s left side.
Within minutes Augustine returned the compliment to Tancred with a rifled pass which Tancred steered into the net. The ‘TNT’ partnership was working well again.
Strong defence, managed by Lisa Deacon, enabled City to play the game out and secure the three points which guaranteed them a return to Division One after a one-season absence.
City’s title hopes did fade the following day (March 1) when beaten 3-2 by in-form Cambridge University in a re-scheduled league match.
City started strongly and should have been out of sight after 10 minutes, but a mixture of poor finishing and great defending meant they only had a short-corner strike from Nicole Duffin to show for their dominance.
City also hit the post and saw a goal disallowed, but two defensive errors enabled the students to sneak in front. Claire Steels levelled before the break with an unstoppable shot.
University improved after the break following a tactical switch and won the game with a late penalty corner goal.
Spalding look set to take the title as they are two points clear of City and have a game in hand, although the teams do meet at Bretton Gate on March 14.
City seconds beat local rivals Bourne Deeping 2-1 in a feisty game in the same division. Georgina Wilkinson and Anna Faux scored the City goals.