City of Peterborough delivered a golden performance at the Olympic Hockey Park to stretch their unbeaten run in the East Premier A Division to six matches after a terrific win at high-flying Wapping on Saturday (November 21).
It was a hard fought game in which City were never behind. They started the game well and forced an early short corner – City are becoming increasingly effective and confident on both short corner conversion and defence - and the first attempt of the game here resulted in the ball striking a Wapping foot on the line, leading to a penalty stroke, which was put away by Joe Finding.
The first half was fairly even, perhaps edged by City, though Wapping did manage a couple of short corners of their own which were well defended, and blasted a good chance over the bar when the visiting defence switched off at a free hit.
City came out for the second half full of confidence, aware that a win was there for the taking, and that if they are to continue the progression in play that has been achieved over the last few weeks, then it was time to secure all three3 points away from home against one of the title contenders.
And almost immediately City extended their lead, with a well worked team goal finished clinically by Sam Anderson. City used this as a platform to put together a dominant period of hockey, putting Wapping under sustained pressure, without creating further clear-cut chances.
Wapping are too good a side not to have their ‘spell’ which duly followed in the middle period of the second half, getting back on terms with a quick brace of goals that City felt disappointed not to have better defended. However, Peterborough were not to be denied, turning the game with some great open attacking moves resulting in superb reverse stick strikes, again from Anderson, and then from man-of-the-match Ben Read.
With a 4-2 lead going into the last 10 minutes City saw the game out comfortably. The standard of hockey generally in this game was not always of the best, but the difference was undoubtedly the outstanding finishing from City who converted four of their six clearcuit chances.
City remain in fourth place, but continue to close the ground on the leaders. The tough fixtures keep coming though in this highly competitive league, with fifth-placed Bedford visiting Bretton Gate next Saturday (November 28, 1pm).