Hockey: Walden gear up for Cambridge City clash with comfortable win over March Town
PUBLISHED: 10:53 07 February 2013 | UPDATED: 10:53 07 February 2013
SAFFRON Walden skipper Andy Boyd is hoping for a slice of revenge over rivals Cambridge City as the two teams prepare to do battle this weekend.
The team, having not played competitively since before Christmas, shook off the cobwebs with a comfortable win over March Town on Saturday in a game in which five different players were on the scoresheet.
It was the perfect preparation for this weekend’s encounter with league leaders City. And they will be hoping to gain some revenge – their promotion hopes were given a serious testing after they were smashed 7-2 at home by City in October.
“It was an embarrassingly defeat and tough to take,” admitted Boyd.
“Hopefully we have learned from it and we’re a bit wiser. This is probably the biggest game of the season so far and we will be up for it.
A four-way battle for promotion is taking shape at the top of the EML Div 1 table, with City and Felixstowe leading the way followed by St Ives and Walden in fourth.
City and Felixstowe both suffered unlikely defeats at the weekend and a victory for Walden over City on Saturday would put them within four points of their rivals.
“I wouldn’t say it is a must-win game, but it would definitely help us if we could pick up maximum points. It would put us right back in with a shout [of promotion],” said Boyd.
“We still have St Ives and Felixstowe to come as well so it is all to play for.”
Two postponements in recent weeks due to the bad weather have put back the fixture schedule and, although Walden enjoyed a good victory in a friendly against Prem B side Peterborough three weeks ago, they had not been in competitive action since the 5-5 draw with Ely a week before Christmas.
However, March, despite taking an early lead, offered little resistance as Walden eased back into form.
The hosts controlled the play with fluent passing and fast-paced tactics. They created numerous chances, hitting the post twice and seeing the Town keeper pull off a string of fine saves, and goals came from Boyd, Ben Wells, Tom Greig, David Boyd, Chris Boyd and a late Tom Kemp hat-trick.
“It was very good considering we hadn’t played for three weeks and only trained outdoors for the first time this year last Wednesday,” said Boyd.
“We created a lot of chances and could have had five or six more, although you can’t really grumble at eight.
“I couldn’t really have asked for more.”