One more set of games before a well-earned Christmas Break!
There’s a full set of fixtures again this weekend, the last before the Christmas break, with all teams playing against their opposition from the opening day of the season.
The Men’s first team go to Blueharts, a team they beat convincingly last time, but who managed to remain at the top end of the table for much of the first half of the season. They have since slipped towards the bottom of the table, but looking at their results, they have won just one game less game than City, so should not be underestimated.
Despite being some way behind the top two, the 1st XI would have been heartened by slight slip-ups for West Herts and Harleston who both dropped points playing fixtures on Sunday 1 December.
Also, looking back at recent history over the last couple of seasons, the winners have needed 56 points to go up to the National League – Interestingly, City can reach 54 points winning all their remaining games. This would force the front runners to take something like nine more wins each, and that looks a tough ask as there are a lot of very competitive teams.
City should almost be at full strength for the trip to Hitchin, with Jonny Appleton having served his suspension, but forward Tom Hagues looks set to be out for a while with a back problem.
The big men’s home game is the Men’s 2nd team, who host Harleston Magpies 2nds in the 1pm pushback.
They will be looking to build upon a great performance last time out, when they were worthy winners against our own 3rd team. Captain Andy Cave will expect his team to take that spirit and effort into all the remaining fixtures and that should see them steadily climb further up the table.
In the same division, the Men’s 3rd team go to Letchworth, a team that they beat well at home on the first day of the season. This is a tight and very competitive league in the middle, a win for the thirds will put them 4th, but a loss probably sees them dropping down to 7th or 8th in the table.
Still top of the table, the Men’s 4th team play off-site again at the Thomas Deacon Academy. Their opposition is Bourne Deeping 2nds, who they will expect to beat comfortably, but results from elsewhere could be just as important, as the teams in third and fourth position play each other, so one or both of those will be dropping points and falling further behind.
Onto the Ladies, the first XI host second placed Lincoln at 11.30am. Apart from their loss last time out, they have been on a very consistent run and will hope to get something out of the game to keep the team firmly in the top half of Division 1N. The Ladies 2nds make the trip the other way to Lincoln.
The remaining fixtures are:
- City of Peterborough Men’s 5th XI away at Wisbech Town 3rds
- City of Peterborough Men’s 6th XI home v Cambridge Nomads 2nds (4pm at Bretton Gate)
- City of Peterborough Men’s 7th XI away at Bourne Deeping 3rds
- City of Peterborough Men’s 8th XI away at Newmarket 2nds
- City of Peterborough Men’s 9th XI away at Long Sutton 4ths
- City of Peterborough Men’s Vets home v Long Sutton 3rds (10am at Bretton Gate)
- City of Peterborough Ladies 3rd XI away at Skegness
- City of Peterborough Ladies 4th XI home v Spilsby (2:30pm at Bretton Gate)