Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In hockey, Olympic gold medal hero Helen Richardson-Walsh was among the stars as Cambridge City Hockey Club won their first Conference East match of the season on Saturday.
City beat Harleston 3-0 and Rebecca Daniels opened the scoring on what proved to be a happy day for Cambridge despite the torrential rain.
In other news, many of our men’s and women’s teams were in action in the East divisions over the weekend. The women’s winners included Cambridge University seconds, Cambridge Nomads, Cambridge City fourths and Cambridge South seconds and thirds.
The men’s winners included Cambridge City fourths and fifths and Cambridge South thirds and fourths.
In football, Cambridge United were turned over by Wycombe on Saturday in League 2 to make it two defeats on the spin for the U’s.
The game burst into life in the second period after a goalless first half and Ebere Eze hit two superb goals within 10 minutes to put the visitors 2-0 up.
Medy Elito’s penalty gave the U’s hope, but Wycombe sealed their 3-1 win late on thanks to a goal from Josh Umerah as the Chairboys inflicted agony on Cambridge.
After the match, U’s manager Shaun Derry said: “I felt that if we’d have got the first goal, then we could have gone on to win the game.
“But let’s not take anything anyway from the opponents. I think they’ve lost two in 18 and they’re a very difficult side to play against.”
Elsewhere, Histon had a day to forget on Saturday as they lost 4-0 to Newmarket Town in a game perhaps more notable for the fact it featured three penalties and an outfield player in goal.
Newmarket were awarded their first spot kick in the first half, but Histon goalkeeper Ayden Duffy had to go off injured prior to it being taken, so Evan Key had to go in between the posts due to the lack of a substitute goalie.
Key Jr, son of Stutes boss and ex-goalkeeper Lance Key, saved the penalty, but the Jockeys won another one soon afterwards which Jack Watson converted to make it 1-0.
Steve Spriggs scored three further goals, including another penalty, to wrap up an impressive win for the hosts, but a dismal day for Histon.
In the Kershaw Premier, there was a mix of league and cup action for our sides on Saturday. Cambridge University
Press and Comberton were our winners, both in the cup.
In Senior A, Milton lost ground on leaders Over Sports as they drew with the Fulbourn Institute Reserves while Bar Hill beat Haverhill Reserves to move up to second.
In Senior B, it was again a combination of league and cup action for our teams, but none of our sides won.
Cambridge United Women are into the next round of the FA Cup after they thrashed Norwich 4-0 on Sunday. But Cambridge City Ladies won’t be joining them as they lost 5-1 to Ipswich Town.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Cambridge United Reserves lost 2-1 to King’s Lynn, Histon Ladies drew 1-1 with Ipswich Wanderers, Cambridge University lost 7-0 at Netherton and Histon Reserves put nine without reply past Cambridge Rangers.
In international football news, ex-Cambridge manager Herve Renard’s Morocco need just a point in their match with the Ivory Coast next month to secure a World Cup spot next summer. They beat Gabon 3-0 at the weekend.
Ex-Cambridge United goalkeeper Jesse Joronen was unused substitute for Finland on Friday as they drew 1-1 with Croatia in the UEFA qualifiers.
In rugby union, Cambridge RUFC threw away a five-point lead to lose 17-10 to Plymouth Albion on Saturday which means they’ve now lost four of their opening six games.
But there was better news for their third team who beat Saffron Walden 88-17.
Shelford also squandered a lead as they went down 38-23 at home to Westcliff. The Peacocks went 23-10 ahead after the break, but their opponents then scored an impressive unanswered 28 points to wrap up a win.
Cantabs fared better as they beat Woodford 39-21 and the six tries they scored gave them a bonus point win. Their seconds were beaten 41-10 by the Cottenham Renegades.
In trampolining, Comberton Village College student Evie Joseph missed out on a medal at the recent Loule Cup. She was involved in the competition in Portugal and entered 13-14 Female event.
In snooker, Cambridge-based Neil Robertson saw his European Masters hopes shattered last week as he lost to Mark J Williams in Round 3.
The Australian had seen off Fang Xionman and Peter Ebdon to reach the last 16, but the Welshman beat him by four frames to two.
And in horse racing, it was a busy weekend at Newmarket with several races and a third place finish for Jimmy Fortune on his final race before retirement in the Group One Sun Chariot Stakes.
Published by Daniel Baker