ROUND-UP: City of Peterborough within touching distance of the National League

Danny Sisson (red) scored for City of Peterborough at Bedford.
Danny Sisson (red) scored for City of Peterborough at Bedford.
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City of Peterborough took a giant step towards a return to National League hockey yesterday (March 17).

The city side won 2-0 at a classy Bedford side to move within one win of the East Premier Division title and with it a National League spot for the first time since 2013.

Joe Finding (red) scored for City of Peterborough at Bedford.

Joe Finding (red) scored for City of Peterborough at Bedford.

A win in City’s final game at Chelmsford will secure the glittering prizes. That game was scheduled to take place today (March 18), but snow and frost have caused a postponement.

City started well at Bedford, creating some good early chances, but the final touch wasn’t there in the bitterly cold conditions. Bedford as expected competed hard, determined to preserve their unbeaten home record.

It was in the 20th minute when City broke the deadlock with Joe Finding scoring what was City’s 50th short corner conversion of the season, an area of their game that for so many years had been a source of mockery.

Danny Sisson added the second before half-time with a fine open play deflection.

The second-half was a fiercely competed affair. Bedford are renowned for coming back from losing positions, but City were determined to keep all three points, with captain Ross Booth leading from the front and goalkeeper Cam Goodey keeping his ninth clean sheet of the season.

A goal difference currently standing at plus 84 is on course to be an East Premier A Division record,

Joe Finding and Danny Sisson scored the goals for City against a Bedford side who had been unbeaten at home.

Elsewhere main title rivals St Albans saw their tricky game at home to Harleston postponed. They still have three matches to play, but are seven points behind City.

City of Peterborough Ladies’ final two home matches of the season were postponed. Canterbury couldn’t travel because of the tricky conditions on the road yesterday, while today’s game against Old Loughtonians was called off because of a snow-covered and frozen pitch.