Match Report – Men’s O50s – Sunday 27 November 2016

City of Peterborough Men’s O50s 1 Magpies Men’s O50s 3

Magpies looked the better team in the opening stages of this EH Cup Round 3 game but they were unable to make the breakthrough against a very steady defence. Peterborough gradually came into the game and they were rewarded with the opening goal in the twentieth minute when they took advantage of a rare lapse in the Magpies’ defence in which goalkeeper Andy Palmer was in good form throughout the game. Magpies were back on level terms within two minutes when skipper Jon Aldridge, with a typical piece of skill, worked his way into a shooting position and his effort was deflected home by Roger Kent. Three minutes later Phil Cobbald fired them ahead at their first penalty corner.

Seconds after the break Phil threaded a pass through to Roger who was in acres of space and he skilfully rounded the keeper before shooting into the empty net. Andy Caston then went close to adding a fourth for Magpies. By now Phil was off the pitch with his leg injury troubling him again and for most of the rest of the game Magpies, who were already without Andy Law following surgery and with player-manager Peter Dolton confined to bench duties through injury, were forced back on defence but thanks to some excellent tackling and a friendly left post they were able to thwart the best efforts of the home forward line. Unfortunately Clyde Camburn took a nasty blow on a thumb in the closing minutes and he went to the nearby hospital with a suspected break*. In a generally sound Magpies’ defence Eric Davy, having graduated to the team this season, was again his ever-reliable self in this good win. The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday 19 February.

*Update – not broken luckily but heavily stitched. Best wishes Clyde.