City of Peterborough finished a disappointing seventh in the East Premier A Division after losing their final match of the season at Cambridge City seconds on Saturday (March 21).
City felt their performances this season were worth a top-four finish in a competitive division, but too many draws held them back. Poor away form didn’t help either,
Thanks to a couple of unavailabilities, City travelled with a bare squad of just 12 players to face a team boosted by the presence of first-team squad members in their 16.
The extra men proved crucial as regular substitutions enabled Cambridge to harrass and pressure the City players,
City were fortunate to be level at 0-0 at half-time, but improved after the break only to fall behind to an open play goal. The home side extended their lead through a controversial penalty stroke award before Sam Anderson pulled a goal back 10 minutes from time with a high quality reverse-stick strike.
City twice came close to equalising, but Cambridge held on for a 2-1 win.
City manager Graham Finding said: “In terms of league position and a lack of consistency this has been a disappointing season. Good home form and ability to compete on even terms with the best teams in the league by playing some outstanding hockey were the good points
“We have also developed a number of young players, who have come to the fore through the season and established themselves as key members of the squad, most notably goalkeeper Cameron Goodey, Sam Anderson, Ross Ambler and Nathan Foad, all of whom should be available for next season when the clubs resources will be hopefully less stretched for the top three sides.”