HOCKEY: A happy awayday for City of Peterborough at last

Action from City of Peterborough sixths' (red shirts) 3-0 win over Bourne Deeping thirds. Photo: David Lowndes.
Action from City of Peterborough sixths' (red shirts) 3-0 win over Bourne Deeping thirds. Photo: David Lowndes.
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City of Peterborough came from behind to become the first team this season to beat Ipswich in the East Premier A Division on Saturday (October 24)

It was a hard fought victory for City who had lost their previous two away games.

City started well in terms of off the ball work, but were uncharacteristically sloppy in possession, and despite creating a number of good early chances spurned these with poor finishing.

Completely against the run of play, Ipswich were gifted a short corner through an unforced defensive error from City. The error was compounded by the City defence breaking early on the short corner, resulting in having to defend with only 3 players plus a goalkeeper, which Ipswich exploited, using the numerical advantage to pass the ball into the net.

City continued the first half in the ascendency, gradually improving the quality of their play, and had a number of good open play and short corner chances thwarted by the excellent Ipswich ‘keeper.

The half-time break saw City discussing the need for improvement in their passing quality, and in the second half this was put into action with a totally dominant performance.

The equalising goal came half way through the second half, following a patient build up, and good work from Ross Ambler to set up Tom Hagues. Ambler soon after produced the second goal to give City the lead that their dominant play warranted.

Ipswich were awarded a couple of short corners, to take their incursions into the City ‘D’ to a total of three for the whole game, but City soundly defended these to secure a much-deserved three points.

The side continues to improve showing a level of confidence, Patience and game management that was notably missing last season, and have now risen to fourth in the table ahead of next Saturday’s (October 31) home match with Cambridge City seconds.

City’s second, fourth, sixth and eighth teams all won their East League matches on Saturday. The sixths beat local rivals Bourne Deeping thirds 3-0 in Division Four North West.