City of Peterborough HC miss a chance to boost their National League survival hopes

City of Peterborough Hockey Club drew their big relegation battle in Division One North of the National League 2-2 at Leeds yesterday (December 8) - a result that did neither side any favours.

Monday, 9th December 2019, 12:04 pm
Brendan Andrews (red) was man-of-the-match for City of Peterborough at Leeds.

City were most frustrated as they overcame an early deficit to be in front entering the final stages only for Leeds to find a late equaliser from a well-executed short corner.

City were disappointed to fall behind in the fourth minute, having been determined to ensure they stayed defensively sound throughout, having conceded a number of goals in recent weeks.

But City progressively improved through the first quarter, exerting consistent pressure on the Leeds defence, but failing to turn chances into goals.

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City started the second quarter in the ascendency and were rewarded with a Ross Ambler equaliser in the 26th minute, with a sharp deflection following a shot from Nick Beattie.

The teams remained all square at half time. In a decent quality, competitive match, the game ebbed and flowed with Peterborough getting their noses in front through a well struck reverse stick finish from man of the match Brendan Andrews.

Unfortunately, City were unable to build on their lead, and paid the price when Leeds claimed a point from a set-piece.

The National League now breaks until early in February.