Hockey: Laid leaves Light Blues in the pink

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ADAM LAID, a former Blue, gave warning to Oxford as he he scored twice for Cambridge in the weekend's Gown and Town game. The University's 6-4 victory was a good time for Cambridge to return to form, with the Varsity match coming up next month.

The Light Blues other scorers were Julian Costelloe, who notched up two, Colin Campbell and the Belgian Thierry Gruslin. University are still nine points behind the leaders, Peterborough, in the Premier Holidays East Premier but have two games in hand.

In the South, Fareham continued their winning form with a 2-1 victory at Blackheath. David Cousins opened the scoring in the 15th minute and the veteran Colin Bradbury put them further ahead just before the interval from the penalty spot. Ravi Choda pulled one back for Blackheath midway through the second half.

Wimbledon, four points behind the leaders, just about keep in touch with a 3-1 win against the former National League club Gore Court, Wimbledon's Andy Cruickshank taking advantage of the Kent side after they were reduced to 10 men. Robert Wilding and David Alford completed the scoring.

Two South sides with big ambitions were in goalscoring mood. Former internationals Don Williams and David Knapp both scored hat-tricks for Old Cranleighans as they crushed Beckenham, League leaders just before Christmas, 8-2.

Down a division, Old Georgians beat Oxshott 10-0, with Gary Notton scoring five times for the second successive week to take his season's total to 30 in 14 games and the club's to 102 overall.