Tight Wisbech Grammar School contest decided by a late goal

Wisbech Grammar School and Kimbolton. Ian Gitonga on the attack
Wisbech Grammar School and Kimbolton. Ian Gitonga on the attack

A close contest between Wisbech Grammar School’s 1st XI boys’ hockey team and visitors Gresham’s finished with a victory for the home side in the dying minutes.

In a clash in which both teams attacked with excellent open play, Wisbech set a high pace from the off, taking the game to the opposition, and Andrew Lee completed a well worked move to put the hosts ahead after six minutes.

In the second half Gresham’s stepped up the pace, despite Charlie Golding marshalling his defence, and, with just five minutes left to play, the Norfolk side levelled from a well struck penalty corner.

However, the home team responded and a neatly coordinated move on the left, with Thomas Culshaw and Lee combining well, resulted in the ball moving to Emerson Collingwood-Smith, who popped up in front of the keeper to slot in the winner.

Head of hockey Mr Mark Jarvis said: “This was a massive effort from a team which never gave up and saw its efforts and endeavours rewarded.”

l A tight first team contest between a full-strength Wisbech Grammar boys’ hockey side and Kimbolton School was decided by a single goal.

Visitors Kimbolton and the home team were both set on making the most of their attacking prowess, as well as capitalising on any opposition errors.

As Wisbech Grammar School pressed high up the pitch, Kimbolton sprang out of defence and moved the ball quickly to the forwards and – despite the best efforts of the home team’s defence – the visitors managed to land a shot in the net and finish the half one goal up.

In the second half both teams frustrated their opponents’ attacking options and the final score remained on 1-0.

Wisbech Grammar School’s head of hockey, Mr Mark Jarvis, said: “Despite the result, the team showed positive endeavour and effort during the game, and the players showed good potential for the remaining fixtures.”