City firsts are hard to beat, but finding it hard to win
The Mens 1st XI are back at the Gate this Saturday, hoping to not just maintain their solid unbeaten home record, but to start to turn superiority on the pitch into points on the table.
The squad have been very dissappointed that although they have consistently been the better team on the day, they have often struggled to turn this into wins. Consequently, they are well behind the leaders in Prem A with only slim hopes left of a challenge for the title.
This weeks opponents in the 1pm pushback at Bretton Gate are Bedford, a team often at the top end in the East’s top division, but like City they are only in mid-table this year. Captain Ross Booth is both unavailable and unfit (is that lucky?), but also away is Alex Armstrong. Back into the 1st team though for the game are likely to be Shane “Vinny” Vincent and Ben ”Readie” Read (pictured left).
If City play to their all round potential, they will have enough to win well on Saturday, but they will settle for 3 points in whatever way they come.
The Men’s 2nd team (pictured right) also play at home on Saturday afternoon.
They entertain Prem B strugglers Crostyx at 2.30pm, and will want to put more points between them and the bottom side. City’s results of the last few weeks have been good, so veteran skipper Andy Cave will want another big performance and will expect lots of goals, as the opposition from Essex have conceded an average of more than 5 goals a game so far.
The Men’s 4ths are now top of the table in Division 3NW, although it is only on goal difference. With a relatively easy home game at 10am against Ely 2nds, Lakey’s own ”untouchables” (he has it in writing you know that all his All-Stars don’t want to play higher!) are likely to stay that way.
The final home men’s game is the Glorious Sixes, who host Horncastle after dark, in the 4pm game. The blend of experience with youth now coming into the squad has transformed this team into genuine title contenders – if the top 2 in Division 4NW slip up, the Sixes are sure to storm ahead of them.
The Ladies 1st XI are on the road. They are currently in 5th place in Div 1N, well ahead of expectations, but with high hopes that they may even push a little higher. Their opponents on Saturday are Pelicans, who are bottom of the table – with a win away for City and a loss for their 4th place rivals Wisbech, the City girls will reach the heady heights of joint 4th – dreamland!
The other games are:
- Men’s 3rd XI – away to Cambridge City 2nds, at 3pm
- Men’s 5th XI – away to Cambridge South 1sts, at 10am
- Men’s 7th XI – away to Cambridge South 3rds, at 3:30pm
- Men’s 8th XI – away to Wisbech Town 4ths, at 1pm
- Men’s 9th XI – away to Grantham 1sts, at 2pm
- Men’s Vets – home (at the TDA) against St Ives 4ths, at 11:30am
- Ladies 2nd XI – home (at the TDA) against Spalding 1sts, at 10am
- Ladies 3rd XI – home against Woodhall Spa, at 11:30am
- Ladies 4th XI – awasy to Wisbech Town 3rds, at 4pm