East League 6NW (N)
Peterborough City 9th 1
After a two week break, due to cancellation and a bye-week, a bare 11 travelled from Grantham to Peterborough for a mid-table clash.
Over the season, both teams have had a number of good results and can produce nice hockey – so the game promised to be a competitive one.
Peterborough started the brightest with flowing hockey, well placed paces and good running off the ball. The Grantham defence of Johnson, Andy Nix, Braunton and Glover helped to repel ventures into the D. Unfortunately, Grantham conceded a short corner from which Peterborough took a deserved lead. Whilst Braunton took the sting out of the initial shot, Peterborough were quicker to the rebound to slot home in the corner.
From the restart Grantham began to play more as a team, passes found players and movement off the ball opened up spaces, with the game being played more in the Peterborough half. Indeed, Grantham went on to earn a number of short corners, but a stout Peterborough defence put paid to on target shots from both Dave Nix and Macalister.
Eventually, from a free hit in the Peterborough 25-yard area, Braunton received the ball and passed directly into the D where, after a couple of Peterborough mishits, a shot by Macalister was cheekily nicked by Will Hill and the ball ended up in the back of the net.
The second half was a much more open affair, with both teams keen to get the next goal.
Good work from Nix, Glover and Johnson helped to turn defence quickly back to attack and send the ball back towards the Peterborough goal. Chris Hill, whilst usually a defender got stuck in, winning more of the 50/50s.
Again Grantham went on to gain a number of short corners, but whether saves by the Peterborough keeper, or his defence, the ball was kept out. Peterborough then went on the attack to be thwarted just over the half way line, their slick passing and moving not quite as fluent as the first half.
Finally Grantham converted from another short corner, Macalister’s shot breaching the Peterborough defence.
Late on, Peterborough did have a couple of chances to even the scoreline, one shot ruffling the net, but on the wrong side of the post.
The victory continued Grantham’s winning form, having beaten Long Sutton 4th 4-1 three weeks prior.