Southgate recovered from last week’s loss against Canterbury with a convincing 4-1 win over bottom side City of Peterborough.

With the disappointment of last week firmly behind them, the win moved Southgate back up to third place in the East Conference.

John Sterlini got the home side off to the best possible start, converting a penalty corner with only three minutes on the clock.

Aside from this early goal, though, opportunities were few and far between for both sides, with Peterborough playing more directly as opposed to Southgate’s patient build-up.

In the 42nd minute, Southgate extended their lead when, after some excellent work, Timmy Smyth found Matt Allister on the post to deflect the ball home.

This momentarily sparked Peterborough into life and they pulled a goal back eight minutes later through Ben Newman, but the two-goal advantage was restored in the 55th minute when a fine move involving Alex Williams, Giulio Ferrini and Adam Grout eventually led to Drew Burkin deflecting the ball in at the far post.

The fourth and final goal came with three minutes remaining, and it was Allister at the far post again to convert from Smyth’s ball and seal the win.

Soutgate’s next outing will be a trip to Brighton & Hove on Sunday, February 17.