City of Peterborough hope their dozen-goal demolition of local rivals Bourne Deeping in the English Hockey Cup last weekend (September 27) wil kick start their East Premier A Division campaign.
City hammered Bourne Deeping 12-1 at Bretton Gate, just 24 hours after conceding a last-minute goal in a 3-3 draw against Dereham in the league.
But City have just one point from their first two league matches ahead of a home game against Chelmsford tomorrow (October 3, 1pm)
The visitors have an identical record, but are expected to provide stiff opposition.
City manager Graham Finding said: “It’s a tough game as both sides will want to kick-start their season.
“It’s always a hard game against Chelmsford and this will be no different.
“We edged them out 4-3 at home last season, but lost comfortably at their place. They went on to finish a couple of places and seven points ahead of us.
“Like us they have lost 1-0 to title favourites Old Loughtonians this season so there shouldn’t be a lot between the sides. They also drew at last year’s runners-up Wapping so I wouldn’t read too much into their current league position.
“But in the cup match we were able to concentrate on a number of areas identified as needing work following the disappointing draw with Dereham, not least the benefits of Australian Robbie Muir getting to know his new team-mates.
“As a result we will be as well prepared for Chelmsford as we can be.”
Muir opened his account for City with four goals against Bourne Deeping. Tom Hagues (2), Shane Vincent (2), Ben Read, Ross Booth, Paul Hillsdon and Ross Ambler also netted.
City of Peterborough Ladies also have a tough game at home to Wisbech in East Division One North tomorrow (11.30am).
Wisbech walloped Spalding 5-0 last weekend with Charlie Paine grabbing a hat-trick.
Saturday, October 3
Premier A Division: Old Loughtonians v Cambridge University, City of Peterborough v Chelmsford.
Premier B Division: Wisbech Town v Saffron Walden, Harleston 2nds v Spalding, Ipswich & East Suffolk v City of Peterborough 2nds, Long Sutton v Norwich City.
Division One: March Town v Bishop’s Stortford, Bourne Deeping v West Herts 2nds, City of Peterborough 3rds v Pelicans.
Division Two North: Norwich City 2nds v City of Peterborough 4ths.
Division Three North West: St Neots v Bourne Deeping 2nds, Cambridge South v Wisbech Town 2nds, St Ives 2nds v Long Sutton 2nds, City of Peterborough 5ths v Louth.
Division Four North West: Wisbech Town 3rds v Cambridge South 2nds, Bourne Deeping 3rds v Leadenham, Spalding 3rds v City of Peterborough 6ths, City of Peterborough 7ths v Spalding 2nds.
Division Five North West: March Town 2nds v Cambridge South 4ths, Bourne Deeping 5ths v St Neots 2nds, Cambridge City 6ths v Bourne Deeping 4ths, Cambridge South 3rds v Wisbech Town 4ths, Long Sutton 3rds v Spalding 4ths.
Division Six North West (North): Bourne Deeping 6ths v Spalding 5ths, Leadenham 2nds v Long Sutton 4ths.
Division Six North West (South): Cambridge Nomads 3rds v City of Peterborough 9ths, City of Peterborough 8ths v St Ives 5ths.
Division One North: City of Peterborough v Wisbech Town, Spalding v Royston.
Division Two North West: Wisbech 2nds v City of Peterborough 2nds, Pelicans v Long Sutton.
Division Three North West: Spalding 2nds v Cambridge South, Ely v Bourne Deeping, March Town v Haverhill, Cambridge Uni 3rds v Spalding 3rds, Leadenham v City of Peterborough 3rds.
Division Four North West (North): Bourne Deeping 2nds v Skegness, City of Peterborough 4ths v Spilsby, Horncastle v Wisbech Town 3rds, Long Sutton 2nds v Woodhall Spa.