Hockey Blues go down fighting in English Cup

Nadesh Ramanathan 31 October 2013

Cambridge let slip a 2-1 lead to lose 2-3 to Sevenoaks in the last 32 of the English Hockey Cup.

The Blues started the match fantastically. They were dominant in the first 15 minutes, creating good chances and several short corners. However, Sevenoaks scored the first goal of the game against the run of play. Unfazed, the Blues continued to push on and their efforts paid off with two goals from Will Cairns, off a short corner variation, and Wes Howell from open play. However, Cambridge allowed Sevenoaks to equalise before half-time.

In the second-half, the Sevenoaks continue their momentum and scored a quick goal right after the restart to lead 3-2. Cambridge continued to fight hard for possession and tactical advantage. They continued their trend in recent weeks of dominating games in the last 20 minutes due to their superior fitness. They created several good chances and forced reckless tackles from Sevenoaks’ players. Two Sevenoaks players were handed yellow cards and Sevenoaks played with 9 men for the last five minutes of the match.

Unfortunately, the Blues failed to capitalise on this advantage, coming very close to equalising in the final minutes.

It was a spirited display by Cambridge. Captain Will Cairns hopes the team will continue this form and perform well in the East Premier A Division, where the Blues sit in 5th place after 6 games.