MATCH REPORT: City put Bedford to sleep thanks to a fast start

City of Peterborough emerged from a tough scrap at Bedford on Saturday (February 25) with their East Premier A Division titles hopes still alive.

Monday, 27th February 2017, 11:03 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:38 am
City of Peterborough goalkeeper Cameron Goodey played well at Bedford.

After a couple of slow starts on recent weeks, City were determined to get on the front foot from the first whistle and it proved an effective tactic as they won 2-1 to stay in the thick of a three-way battle for top spot.

City raced out of the blocks and won possession back as soon as they lost it. They gained the breakthrough they deserved when a deflected through ball found its way to half-back Matthew Porter who slipped it past a stranded ‘keeper.

It was soon 2-0 when patient play from City ended with skipper Ross Booth finding Danny Sisson in the D and his square pass was converted by Will Astbury.

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City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (right) was pleased with his side's display at Bedford.

But Bedford set up a tricky and tense second-half by breaking away to pull a goal back just before the break. City ‘keeper Cam Goodey did well to save the first shot at goal, but the rebound fell kindly for the home striker.

The second-half was a scrappy affair with both goalkeepers making good saves from short corners, but Booth was happy with the way his side saw out the final 10 minutes.

“Overall it was a great team performance,” Booth enthused.

Bedford also lost 2-1 at St Albans yesterday (February 26) and the latter’s six-point weekend has moved them above City into second place on goal difference. Both sides are just a point behind leaders Old Loughtonians and both have a game in hand.

City of Peterborough skipper Ross Booth (right) was pleased with his side's display at Bedford.