City of Peterborough were crushed by Old Georgians in their opening National East Conference game of the season at Bretton Gate yesterday (September 30).
But a final scoreline of 7-1 was harsh on City who competed well for long periods against a team boasting current as well as ex-internationals.
Indeed Great Britain international scored four times for the Surrey-based visitors, three of them from second-half penalty corners.
City looked shellshocked by the quality of their opponents in the eary stages and quickly fell 2-0 behind, but once adapting to the pace of the match they started to create chances of their own.
Ben Reed and Sam Blunt both went close before Danny Sisson fired home with a first-time hit after good work from Adam Wilson.
Crucially some naivety enabled Old Georgians to restore their two-goal advantage on the stroke of half-time.
City, prompted by man-of-the-match Grady Wing, won several short corners early in the second-half before receiving a lesson in finishing from Ward.
Old Georgians completed the scoring with the final hit of the match against a team with 10 National League debutants.
City skipper Ross Booth was far from disheartened. He said: “If we can continue to improve as much as we did over the course of that one game then we will be competing for points everywhere we go this season.”