City’s domination only delivers a draw

Ben Read scored twice for City of Peterborough against St Albans.
Ben Read scored twice for City of Peterborough against St Albans.
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It was another frustrating afternoon (February 28) for City of Peterborough as their domination of Esat Premier A Division title contenders St Albans yielded just a single point from a 2-2 draw.

The visitors were made to look very ordinary by a City side that completely ran the game for the first 50 minutes. An indication of that domination was that St Albans failed to create a single open play chance during the whole 70 minutes, but were able to convert two of their three short corners, an area of City’s game that continues to need work.

The collective view from the watching crowd was that City deserved much more than the one-goal lead held at half time, courtesy of a brilliant reverse stick strike from Ben Read following a mazy run. Rather than seeing the tide turn in the second half, City absolutely ran the game for the first 10 minutes, with captain and man-of-the-match Ross Booth at the centre of all his team’s best hockey.

Unfortunately, as with recent good passages of play against title contenders Harleston and Cambs University, City failed to convert their control into goals.

In all games a side will inevitably have their ‘spell’ and mid-way through the second half St Albans started to play some hockey, and were awarded a hotly disputed short corner which was rather softly converted to the massive disappointment of the Ciy side.

This then spurred St Albans on to look for the three points, and in what then became a more evenly contested second half they won and converted another short corner with only 10 minutes remaining.

City were gutted not to win this game, let alone draw it, and continued to take the game to St Albans, who thought they could try and sit on a single goal lead – a dangerous tactic in hockey. With only two minutes left on the clock, City at least secured the draw, for once being on the right side of some luck as a Ben Read cross was deflected off a defender into the St Albans net.

Both sides left the field seriously disappointed with a draw, St Albans knowing they had basically not turned up on the day, and City once again getting a picture of what might have been this season as they made a real title contender look ordinary for the second week running.

City remain seventh in the table with three matches remaining. This Saturday (March 7) they travel to lowly Blueharts.