A strong mid-week performance (both on and off the bus) from CUHC means spirits are high going into an important weekend of fixtures. Here’s what to expect.
A disappointing draw last Saturday was contrasted with another strong mid-week win for the Wandies this week. They are now five clear at the top of BUCS Midlands 2B, and will hope to translate that form into Saturday points as they travel to Southend tomorrow. Although it’s a long drive I’m told that, against my recommendations, they will not be traveling by air via the excellent though remote London Southend Airport International (SEN). It may be a long way from London but its small size makes for efficient customs and baggage claim and one can walk straight onto the railway platform. It’s also very close to Old Southendian HC, but never mind.
The Beds made light work of CoP last week, popping in six with no reply. A real pumping! They have an opportunity to do they same again this week as they face March Town, a team with an even worse record than Peterborough. With teams above them playing each other tomorrow they will hope to end the weekend a few places higher in Division 3NW. You can see them at noon at Wilberforce Road. Did you know William “Willy Wilby” Wilberforce was an 18th/19th century politician and leader of the movement in opposition to the slave trade! Something we can all be proud of I’m sure.
The Men’s Blues followed up a frustrating 1-0 loss away in Harleston last week with an important but scrappy win in Cardiff (“The Home of Hockey” – really guys?) on Wednesday. In a scathing post-match review, captain Sean Gilmore criticised virtually every aspect of the performance, closing with a heavily sarcastic “anyway, well done for the win”. Chelmsford are the visitors tomorrow as the boys look to get back to winning ways in the East Prem. 13:30, Willy Wilby Road. Be there, or miss Sean’s next tirade.
A high-scoring draw last Saturday saw the Women’s Blues drop into 3rd place in Division 1N. They have the chance to put it right this week as the play Wisbech in the early slot at Wilby. 1st and 2nd place Dereham and Bedford play each other elsewhere so it’s an excellent opportunity to gain ground, and the girls will be high on confidence after picking up a crucial three points on the road in Bath on Wednesday.
The Squandies, now unbeaten in five games, gave St Ives a real going over last week in another 6-0 win. They face Division 3NW’s other venerated side, Neots, tomorrow who are struggling with 4 points from 6. The symmetrists among you will predict another draw but really we’d all like the Squandies to smash St Neots and bring back a big three points. Apparently Neot was known for his work with the poor (good bloke) but was found wanting in another departments: this elusive Cornish hermit stood just four feet tall! Nothing to be afraid of boys.
The Nomads have had a tricky run but face 2nd bottom I-ES tomorrow. 3 points would solidify their position above the relegation zone, especially if the Women’s Blues sort them out by popping nearby Wisbech Town. A draw against Loughborough in the week completed CUHC’s unbeaten BUCS Wednesday, nice.
|Team||Saturday Form Guide||Oppo||Time||H/A|
|Women's Blues||WWWLD||St Neots 1||10:30||H|
|Men's Blues||LWWWL||Chelmsford 1||13:30||H|
|Nomads||LWLLL||Ipswich – East Suffolk||12:30||A|
|Wanderers||WLLDD||Old Southendian 1||13:30||A|
|Bedouin||WLLWW||March Town 1||12:00||H|