Unfinished business for City when they host the East League leaders

Former City of Peterborough player David Appleton (left) challenges current City star Ben Read.
Former City of Peterborough player David Appleton (left) challenges current City star Ben Read.
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City of Peterborough have some unfinished business to attend to before the Christmas break in the East Premier A Division.

City host league leaders Old Loughtonians - one of the most famous names in English hockey - at Bretton Gate on Saturday (1pm start) knowing that victory will leave them just two points off top spot.

But if that wasn’t motivation enough, City also want revenge for a traumatic opening day of the season at Old Loughtonians when the fates conspired against the local team.

City manager Graham Finding explained: “We lost by a single goal despite playing with a stand-in keeper due to traffic delays, and despite being the better side from start to finish.

“There is very much a feeling of unfinished business here and we will go into the game full of confidence, knowing that a win will put us in a great position for when we return to action in the new year.

“It won’t be easy though as Old Loughtonians are one of the giants of the English game.

“They were relegated from the National League for the first time at the end of last season and they are quite clearly determined to go straight back up.”

City continued their own terrific form with a fourth straight Premier Division win last Saturday. They beat Bedford 4-1 after another accomplished display.

Aussie Robbie Muir scored the final two goals - the first after showing brilliant control of an aerial ball - after Shane Vincent and Ben Read had shot the city side 2-0.

Bedford were inspired by former City National League star David Appleton, but they couldn’t contain a side full of attacking intent.

Two goals against Old Loughts and City will be the top scorers in the top flight.

City of Peterborough Ladies could head into Christmas top of the tree in East Division One North.

They stretched their unbeaten run to eight matches with a hard-fought 2-1 success at Bedford seconds.

Top scorer Tierney Augustine and skipper Lauren Finding, from the penalty spot, fired City 2-0 in front before a Bedford goal 20 minutes from time led to a frantic finish.

Goalkeeper Bekki Warr, a student at Stamford College who has just won selection to a National Colleges squad, played well in those closing stages as did defenders Kate Dixon and Emma Faux.

City will go top if they win at mid-table Norwich Dragons this Saturday and current leaders Norwich City fail to beat Bedford seconds.

Spalding were beaten at Norwich Dragons last weekend with Amy Wells scoring a consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat.

Spalding’s men won a thrilling contest to sneak into round two of the English Hockey Second XI Cup.

Spalding won a penalty shoot-out 5-3 after a 5-5 draw. James Stone and Joe Higgins scored twice for Spalding with the latter completing a sort of hat-trick in the shoot out.

City of Peterborough were not so fortunate in their English Hockey Over 50s tie, they battled back from 2-0 and 3-2 down against Sevenoaks to draw 3-3 and force a penalty shoot out which they lost 5-4.

Jon Davy missed the vital flick after Kevin Ledbrook (2) and Ian Kennedy had scored in regular play.

City of Peterborough eighths are one of two teams in the East League with a 100 per cent winning record.

They stretched their winning streak to 11 matches in Division Six with a 4-1 win over St Neots fifths thanks to two goals from skipper Richard Herbage and further strikes from Rob Houghton and Harry Crane.

Bourne Deeping won for the first time away from home in Division One and they broke their duck in style winning 9-2 at March with goals from Stuart Biggs (3), Simon Thomas (2), Andrew Williams (2), Richard Collins and Andrew Fletcher.