Ladies back to winning games and looking to keep it that way!
With the home games last weekend dominated by four of the six top men’s sides playing at Bretton Gate, it’s no surprise that the Ladies 1st XI are the big draw this Saturday.
The Ladies had a great win on the road last week, beating their rivals Cambridge City 2nds in a tight game. Evergreen forward, Lyn Tancred (pictured left) was again on the scoresheet, adding to her tally of goals for the season.
The win was their first since 16 November and took the team out of the relegation places, but the remaining fixtures are crucial for survival in Division 1N. With five games to go, manager Lawrie Sullivan knows they have all the teams around them to play – Dereham, St Ives, Lowestoft, already relegated Pelicans, as well as Saturday’s visitors Bury St Edmunds.
The pushback is 2.30pm, so hopefully the Ladies will get as much support as possible and this will be another step towards mid-table safety.
The main Men’s fixture of the day at the Gate is the 3rd XI who host Harleston Magpies 2nd team in the 1pm game. With Magpies just a point behind, this is a big game for the “Threes” in their push to finish the season in the top half of the table.
Captain Shayne Andrews is unlikely to have recovered from injury, but the 3rd team have a lot of forward options and hopefully should not miss him too much.
On the road, the Men’s 1st XI go to Wapping, the longest trip of their Prem A season, who play in central London. It’s a tough place to go and City know from the game at Bretton Gate that Wapping will be very hard to break down. After last weeks’ topsy-turvy game with Chelmsford, they would hope to take the positives from that game forward but sure up at the back.
Also away are Andy Cave’s Men’s 2nd team, but their trip is only down to play at Cambridge University 2nds. City will hope that their blend of youth, exuberance and experience will be a match for the students and they can continue to push for fourth position in Prem B.
The remaining fixtures are:
- 10am – Ladies 4th XI v Wisbech Town 3rds (Thomas Deacon Academy)
- 10am – Men’s 5th XI v Bourne Deeping 2nds (Bretton Gate)
- 11:30am – Men’s 8th XI v Wisbech Town 4ths (Bretton Gate)
- 11:30am – Men’s 9th XI v Grantham 1sts (Thomas Deacon Academy) – postponed
- 12:30pm – Ladies 2nd XI v Alford & District 1sts (away at Skegness)
- 1:30pm – Men’s 4th XI v St Neots 1sts (away)
- 3:30pm – Mens Veterans XI v St Ives 4ths (away)
- 4pm – Men’s 7th XI v Cambridge Nomads 2nds (Bretton Gate)
Finally, a mention for the Men’s Vets Cup team who play in the last 16 of the England Hockey National Over 40s Knockout Cup on Sunday.
Being a National competition, you do expect that you could end up with a long away trip as you get to the latter stages, but the City Men have drawn Jersey! Thankfully, Jersey contribute to the travelling expenses for teams who go over the water to play there, but the need to travel the day before means that the East League have agreed a postponement of the 6th team game, where the majority of the team play their league hockey.