Cambridge City III 2 IES 3
NE14Hockey East DivisionDivision 2NCambridge City III 2IES 3FOLLOWING the previous week's demoralising defeat, IES sought to bounce back on their travels again to a Cambridge City side with a similar record to their own.
NE14Hockey East Division
Cambridge City III 2
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FOLLOWING the previous week's demoralising defeat, IES sought to bounce back on their travels again to a Cambridge City side with a similar record to their own. With Mayhew, Tingey and Short back in the side, IES were confident of taking the points and did so in a hard fought battle.
The visitors started the better side and forced the play with the hosts doing little to challenge Lane in the IES goal, with just one penalty corner effort on target in the first 35 minutes. IES, however, were raining shots in on the City goal and how they were not three or four up by 20 minutes in is beyond reality. They did take the lead through the skilful Tingey, who after a few failed efforts slipped the ball in past keeper. The workman like efforts of Harris in midfield led to his second goal of the campaign as he slid in at the back post to make the score 2-0 at the break.
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The hosts seemed more up for the fight after half time and were gifted several penalty corners, from which they scored with two direct strikes. IES were down to 10 men for a short while as Jones was yellow carded for a cynical obstruction, but the home side could not break through the Ipswich side's defence of Blake, Brown and Short. Short limped off late in the game after a blow to the knee, but IES held firm as Aveling, who had had several chances to score finally sealed the win with a neat finish to leave his side 4th in the league.
IES face local rivals Sudbury on Saturday, November 8 as they look to catch the top three up to keep their promotion hopes alive.