City of Peterborough start the new year with a bang and long may it continue

Ross Ambler (right) scored five goals for City of Peterborough against Wisbech. Photo: David Lowndes
Ross Ambler (right) scored five goals for City of Peterborough against Wisbech. Photo: David Lowndes
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Hockey preview: City of Peterborough started 2015 with a bang and now they want to avenge their most disappointing result of the season this weekend.

City crushed local rivals Wisbech 8-1 at Bretton Gate in their first East Premier A Division game of the year last Saturday.

This Saturday they host another struggling side Felixstowe (17 January, 1pm) which invokes memories of a frustrating trip to Kent early in the campaign when the home side claimed a point with the last hit of the match.

City manager Graham Finding said: “The away game against Felixstowe was without a doubt our most disappointing result of the season.

“It was a match that we completely dominated from start to finish, yet failed to score until the final 10 minutes, only then to see them equalise in the last minute.

“It kind of sums up our ‘under-performance’ this season. We’ve had too many draws against teams that a top four team wouldn’t expect to struggle against.

“We have learnt a number of lessons since the away game though, which we will put into place on Saturday, but the last thing we will be is complacent.

“Felixstowe have shown they can take points off us and, being in a relegation battle, will undoubtedly arrive at Bretton Gate full of expectation.”

Felixstowe will have to be wary of City’s emerging sharpshooter Ross Ambler. He claimed five goals against Wisbech.

Ben Read, Alex Armstrong and Joe Finding also netted. Wisbech, who have lost all 12 of their Premier A Division fixtures, replied late on with an own goal City believe should have been disallowed.

The win moved City up to seventh place, but they still have designs on a top four finish.

Wisbech entertain Dereham on Sunday hoping for that elusive first point.

City of Peterborough thirds are now bottom of the Premier B Division after slipping to a 3-1 defeat at Harleston seconds.

They’ve now lost 10 of their 12 league games and this week leaders Havering are at Bretton Gate.

City of Peterborough Ladies return to East Division Two North West action this Saturday.

They host St Neots at Bretton Gate (11.30am) in the knowledge that they lost a five-point lead at the top without playing over the Christmas break!

Spalding Ladies eased to two big wins in that period. Last week they crushed bottom club Ely 8-2 to reach the top of the table.

Steph Wilson scored after 19 seconds of that game and Spalding have now scored 75 goals in just 13 League matches, something that should concern Cambridge Nomads, this weekend’s opponents.

Spalding men’s first XI are top of East Division One, but their match last weekend against Chelmsford was abandoned after a visiting player fell ill.

He was taken to Peterborough hospital suffering from a collapsed lung and rib damage, but is recovering well.

Spalding, who were leading 2-0 through goals from Conner Allen and Jack Drury when the match was abandoned, host Pelicans this Saturday.

Spalding thirds kept themselves firmly in the Division Four North West promotion race by picking up four points from two weekend games.

It should have been better as goals from Harry Bettinson and Sam Sly saw them to a 2-0 lead over St Ives thirds before the visitors hit back to force a draw.

Two goals from Tom Shinkins and another from Darren Grooby secured a 3-1 win at City of Peterborough sixths 24 hours later.

March seconds thumped local rivals Wisbech fourths in Division Five North West.

Charlie Boughton (2), Jody Betts (2) Jack Nisbet and Gary Howsam were the men on target.