As preseason and freshmen’s week draw to a close, our teams are beginning to settle in to the weekly routine of hockey and huge nights out. Sounds like the club swap last week was a bit medium but Mr ex-Presdient Ed Sides did spend three hours outside Cindies not getting in. Nice tri Ed. Shout out to Andy, who retired this week after many years of service as the Hawk’s Club steward – thanks for everything. Six big games this week.
The Nomads will aim to bounce back from a tough home defeat to the Women’s Blues last week as they travel to Ipswich. Ipswich sit just three places and one point above them so it would be a handy scalp as they look to start climbing the table. Watch out for Richard Hesketh enjoying a sausage and egg roll at his favourite greasy spoon, the Stag Café, en route.
The Women’s Blues traveled well last week, winning convincingly at Nomads, and they will hope to maintain Saturday form that has seen them go top of Division 1N. Their BUCS campaign unfortunately began with a home loss to Cardiff on Wednesday – a return to winning ways at home to Cambridge City tomorrow would be welcome.
The Beds picked up an important three points away in Royston last week after a tricky start versus league leaders Saffron Walden in their season opener. They face Bury St Edmunds at home tomorrow in what promises to be a thriller – Bury have scored fifteen and conceded five across their two games so far. Get down to Wilby at noon for the goal fest.
A confident Men’s Blues were brought down to earth last week against a strong St Albans side. Perhaps due to some tour fatigue, they started off the pace, and, although the game evened out in the latter stages, Albans did not crumble in the traditional way (that is, like bourbons) and ran out 4-1 winners. It won’t get any easier for the boys this week as they host Wapping – a team stacked with ex-CUHC stalwarts – but points are essential if they are to start challenging for the promotion spots.
After a high scoring loss in the first week of the season the Squandies were in the goals again last week, sinking the visiting Leadenham 4-0 (you can read all about it in an impressively formatted report here). In Cambridge City they face one of two teams in Division 3NW with a 100% record – it would certainly be a useful six points in their bid to climb the table further.
The Wandies won convincingly against Wisbech last week, making up for a disappointing season opener. They travel to Stratford to face Wapping on the Olympic pitch tomorrow, but don’t be fooled by the glamorous setting – Wapping played out a goalless draw against Crostyx last week so it could be a turgid affair.