City’s ‘history boys’ are off to play at the Olympic Park

City of Peterborough's Robbie Muir in action in the big cup win over Henley.
City of Peterborough's Robbie Muir in action in the big cup win over Henley.
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The big games keep rolling up for City of Peterborough.

Fresh from creating a slice of club history last weekend by reaching the quarter-finals of the English Hockey Cup for the first time, City travel to the Olympic Park in Lea Valley on Saturday to tackle second-placed Wapping in an East Premier A Division match.

The match will take place at the 15,000-seater stadium built especially for the London 2012 Olympics and City couldn’t be travelling in better spirits having followed their biggest win of the Premier Division season - 7-0 against Blueharts - with a 5-1 win over Henley in their last-16 cup tie.

City even appear to have a big chance of reaching the semi-finals as they’ve been drawn away to Banbury in the quarter-finals, a game that will take place in February.

Banbury are two places lower than Henley in the Southern Premier Division, although they have knocked three National League sides out - including Premier Division Canterbury last weekend - to reach the last eight.

City manager Graham Finding said: “It looks like a winnable tie, but Banbury have been this season’s giant-killers so it will be a tough match for sure.

“We were very dominant in both matches last weekend. We look a fit and fast side so we will go into the game at Wapping in great spirits.

“It’s a great place to play hockey and the venue has been far from a fortress for Wapping.

“They’ve only dropped four points this season, but they’ve all been at home, to Chelmsford and Bedford, and we will be going there full of confidence.”

Ben Read (2), Aussie Robbie Muir (2) and Shane Vincent scored for City against Henley, while Tom Hagues (2), Vincent, Muir, Ross Ambler, Sam Anderson and Joe Finding were on target against the Premier Division’s bottom club, Blueharts.

Both games emphasised City’s excellent fitness. Ten of their 12 goals at the weekend arrived in the second-half.

City’s veteran team also recorded an outstanding English Cup win. They beat Cambridge City 3-1 with goals from Gaz Mohammed, Gary Hales and Mark Featherstone.

City of Peterborough Ladies also enjoyed their biggest win of the season last weekend, 6-0 against local rivals Spalding in East Division One North.

City, who were pipped to the Division Two North West title by Spalding last season, are now unbeaten in six matches and up to fourth in the table.

Impressively the huge win was achieved without goal machine Tierney Augustine, but regular strike partner Robyn Gribble stepped up and hit a hat-trick.

Skipper Lauren Finding, Emma Faux, with her first goal of the season, and Rhianne Saunders also scored.

City have a tough match at home to second-placed Norwich City this Saturday (2.30pm).

Spalding’s men also enjoyed some impressive cupsuccess at the weekend. They powered to a 10-2 victory at March in the English Hockey Trophy. Bourne Deeping were given a walkover by Berkhamsted and Hemel Hempstead in the same competition.

Youngsters Joe Higgins and Joe Rogers scored seven of the Spalding goals between with Stuart Cunnington netting twice as he did in an East Premier B Division 2-2 draw at home to Letchworth a day earlier.

Spalding now host Premier B Division rivals Norwich City in the last 16 in February, while Bourne Deeping will travel to Midlands League side Barton.

Spalding seconds beat Spalding thirds 6-1 in a top-of-the-table clash in Division Four North West match. The third team stay top.

Wisbech Ladies thirds beat Louth 5-0 in an East Division Four game with mother and daughter Kate and Holly Stevenson on target.

Holly cracked a classy hat-trick.