Despite the frozen astro pitch on Saturday causing some disruption, it was a mixed start back after the Christmas break for Ely City Hockey Club.
The Ladies 1s continued their bid to win the league with a 3-0 win over Haverhill 1s. Two goals were scored by Jo Rayner and one by Rhianne Jones to ensure they keep the pressure on top of the league Bourne Deeping 1s and Cambridge City 4s.
Ely City Mens 1s though were unable to continue their winning form from before Christmas. Having conceded three goals within the first ten minutes it wasn’t looking good but Thomas Grimshaw managed to break through and score Ely’s first goal. Kettering bit back with an aerial over the Ely City forwards and the second half ended with Ely City 4-1 down. The second half started in a better fashion with long spells of possession giving Ely City some hope. A scrambled goal by Thomas Grimshaw following a yellow card to Kettering took the score to 4-2. Kettering came back to full strength though and ended the game with a 6-2 win.
Ely City Mens 2s though faired much better with a fantastic 10-0 win over Cambridge South 5s. Chris Reay and Yahya Shah both scored hat tricks with Patrick McHugh and Julien Porre scoring two goals each.
The Ladies 2s game against Cambridge Nomads 2s was cancelled due to the frozen pitch but they played Royston on Sunday losing 5-0. Despite losing Captain Gemma Neal was very pleased with their performance ‘We are really beginning to play together as a team and although we lost, it was a great improvement on when we last played them when we lost 0-9.’
It wasn’t all bad news for Cambridge South as their top of the leagues Mens 4s team had their say against Ely City Mens 3s winning 12-0. Despite the scoreline, Ely City put up a good fight with a first half injury meaning that they played most of the match with only 10 players.
In comparison Ely City Ladies 3s celebrated a 3-2 win over Bury St Edmunds. Lots of possession and several short corners resulted in Olivia Wright scoring two goals and Connie Anker one goal.