Aussie import Robbie Muir scored four as City of Peterborough hammered Bourne Deeping 12-1 in the first round of the English Hockey Association Cup at Bretton Gate today (September 27).
The hosts play their league hockey two divisions higher than their visitors and it showed, particularly in terms of speed of thought, ball retention and fitness.
City, despite their huge goal tally, weren’t that clinical in front of goal. Bourne Deeping ‘keeper Paul Williams threw himself in the way of numerous goalbound shots to keep the score down.
Nine of the City goals arrived in the second half and four in the final 10 minutes as the visitors wilted in the heat. Bourne Deeping skipper Richard Collins scored a consolation goal with the final hit of the game from a short corner - it was the only time they ventured into the City ‘D’ in the entire second-half.
A Paul Hillsdon short corner slap set the ball rolling for City in the 10th minute and Muir opened his account for the club 10 minutes later with a close range tap-in.
Shane Vincent’s fierce strike made it 3-0 before the interval and the procession continued in the second-half with Muir’s final goal, a ferocious drive into the top corner, the pick of the goals.
Vincent and Tom Hagues finished with two goals apiece, while Ben Read, Ross Ambler and captain Ross Booth also on target. Joe Finding struck a post with a 12-yard snapshot.
The second round draw takes place tomorrow (September 28).
City were denied an East Premier A Division win at home to Dereham yesterday (September 27) by an equalising goal with the last hit of the game from a short corner.
City thought they’d done enough by coming from 2-0 down early in the second-half to lead 3-2 thanks to goals from Hillsdon (penalty flick), Vincent and Read, the latter two goals arriving in the space of 90 seconds.
They dominated possession in the final minutes, but switched off for a second to concede the crucial set-piece. The final whistle blew as soon as the equaliser struck the back boards.
City have just one point from their opening two games. They host Chelmsford at Bretton Gate next Saturday (October 3, 1pm start).
City of Peterborough Ladies first team came down to earth with a bump, after their first game win, as they crashed to a 6-2 defeat in East Division One at Cambridge City seconds. Play started with both teams being evenly matched.
Tierney Augustine scored both City of Peterborough goals, the first was an equaliser midway through the first-half and the second was a mere consolation.