HOCKEY: City of Peterborough learn lessons to beat Cambridge University students

Action from City of Peterborough's (red) win over Cambridge University. Photo: David Lowndes.
Action from City of Peterborough's (red) win over Cambridge University. Photo: David Lowndes.
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City of Peterborough won a thrilling, frantic East Premier A Division match 3-2 against Cambridge University at Bretton Gate on Saturday (October 17).

The city side were twice pegged back after taking the lead before Tom Hagues scored the winner five minutes from time. City have now taken seven points from three home matches, but lost both of their away games and sit fifth in the table ahead of a trip to unbeaten Ipswich this weekend (October 24).

City took took into this game a lesson learned from the previous week’s disappointing loss to Havering, mainly the need to match opposition sides on their own terms before trying to impose their our game. What that meant against a young, fit, fast, skillful University side was an end to end game, played at sometimes frenetic pace, exciting for the spectators, but nail-biting for the coaching teams.

City opened the scoring with an unstoppable drag flick from Adam Wilson into the roof of the net, and had the best of the early chances, winning a number of further short corners, but were unable to beat the excellent student keeper who was on top form. University found the equaliser via a sharp deflection to make it 1-1 at half-time.

In the second half City were able to exercise more control, whilst continuing to match University in terms of fitness and workrate, and again took the lead, this time through Robbie Muir, only to see the visitors equalise again with 15 minutes remaining.

City were though confident in their play, and didn’t panic, assured that a winning goal would come, which it did via a neat reverse stick flick from Hagues. Another lesson City are starting to learn is seeing out a game in a professional fashion. This they achieved this week, as were not troubled in the last final minutes to secure all three points.