Closing the gap on the leaders
City of Peterborough Men’s 1st XI superb win last Saturday brought them within two points of Prem A title favourites West Herts. This week, both the two front running teams have weekends off as they are playing in the National League indoor competitions. This therefore this gives City the opportunity to overtake West Herts and go second, further putting pressure on the leaders Harleston who have to come to Fortress Bretton Gate next week.
Focus though for City on Saturday will solely be on their game away in North London at struggling Ramgarhia. They will expect to get the win and extend the unbeaten run to an impressive 10 league games.
The Men’s 2nd team are the highest ranked home game of the day at Bretton Gate, with a 1pm pushback against league leaders Cambridge City. Andy Cave’s team have just overtaken the Men’s 3rd team on goal difference. If the game goes the same way as their first fixture and they lose by more than a couple of goals, this will see them slip back behind the 3rds again on goal difference (the 3rds game is postponed). However, with the recent form of the twos, expect them to give the leaders a difficult game.
The biggest game of the day though and the crucial one for league position is the Men’s 4th team game against promotion rivals Cambridge South. Neil (pictured right) Lake’s team have been long term leaders of Div 3NW and with March 1sts have steadily moved away from the pack. A win for City and also for March against 4th placed Cambridge City 4ths on Saturday would stretch the gap to 11 points for the two leaders with just 8 games to go.
With this being such a crucial game, this 4pm pushback is sure to draw a bigger than usual crowd for the after dark slot!
The Ladies 1st team host one of the top teams in Div 1N on Saturday at 2.30pm, as Norwich Dragons visit. It is saying something though about the super season that the Ladies are having in that they will certainly hope to get something out of this game, even though the Dragons are chasing promotion.
The other home fixture is the Men’s 6th team, who play at 10am against bottom of the table Cambridge South 3rds. With the Men’s 7th team game postponed, this is a great opportunity for the Glorious Sixes to get up above their club rivals again.
The remaining fixtures are:
- Ladies 2nd XI v Bedford 2nds (away)
- Men’s 9th XI v Spalding 4ths (away)
- Men’s Veterans v Spalding 3rds (home at 11.30am)
- Ladies 4th XI v Louth 2nds (at the Thomas Deacon Academy)
- Ladies 3rd XI v Bourne Deeping 2nds (away)
- Men’s 8th XI v St Ives 4ths (away)
- Men’s 5th XI v Cambridge South 2nds (away)
Also, on Sunday the Over 50s host Indian Gymkhana in the last 16 of the Men’s Masters Cup main competition.
Finally, I’m sure much of the club will be eagerly awaiting news of the progress from our Under 16 and Under 18 boys’ teams at the Indoor Nationals both being held over in the Midlands over the weekend. Both teams have quite a good chance of success, so look out on Twitter and the club Facebook account where we’ll post results as the tournament progresses.