Sharp-shooter Blunt helps fire Trophy triumph
Wisbech 8, Saffron Walden 2
Wisbech continued their free scoring form as they cruised to the quarter finals of the HA Trophy with a comfortable victory at Saffron Walden.
Wisbech took an early two goal lead with a short corner goal from Gavin Johnstone and another Sam Blunt reverse stick strike.
Every time Wisbech went forward they looked as if they would score.
Blunt rattled the crossbar with a drag flick before Sam Markille grabbed a third.
Gary Freear slotted home Wisbech’s fourth with a cheeky finish which caught everyone off guard.
Blunt grabbed another to make it five before the break.
Wisbech had another second half lapse and allowed Saffron Walden to pull two goals back before they once again took control.
Blunt took his personal tally to four, making it seven for the weekend, and Markille tapped in another for his second, the hat-trick somehow eluding him again.
Wisbech will now meet Ashford in the quarter-finals and James Shepherd said: “We played very well.
“Apart from a lapse in the second half we dominated the game and our forward play was very good.
“This is the fourth time we have reached the quarter-finals and we beat Ashford in the semi-finals in 2002.”
Ely City 2nd 1,
Wisbech Town 2nd 2
Wisbech returned to action and took the initiative in the first half, forcing a series of penalty corners.
After several near misses, Sam Dunn swept the ball into the Ely goal to give Wisbech a 1-0 lead.
Ely came out stronger in the second half and Wisbech needed defenders Matt Webster and Shaun Claxton on good form to keep the score at 1-0.
However, Ely eventually broke through, equalising with a penalty corner and looking the more likely team to score a winner. Only an acrobatic save from Tom Peggs denied Ely when another goal looked certain.
Wisbech then turned the game on its head with Dunn scoring another penalty corner. Despite Lee Peck seeing yellow, Wisbech survived the final 10 minutes to record a hard fought victory.
On Saturday Wisbech host undefeated league leaders Bourne Deeping 1 at 1pm.
Wisbech 3rd 2, Rutland 2nd 1
True to form Wisbech had to defend hard in the first period before the midfield started to take charge, there was then more space and Wisbech passed the ball well.
Two goals soon followed from Richard Claxton and Ben Tarrett without reply.
There should have been more goals with the amount of posession but the score stayed at 2-0 at half-time mainly thanks to Simon Freear in the Wisbech goal.
Rutland fought back well in the second half, but resolute defending again limited them to one goal to allow Wisbech to take the victory.
This week it is v Cambs (a), 12.30 start.
Wisbech 4th 0,
Cambs Nomads 3rd 2
Cambs Nomads started stronger and Wisbech found themselves on the back foot from the beginning of the contest and eventually went a goal down.
After the break Wisbech started brighter but still struggled to penetrate the opposition D.
Josh Shippey, Roger Goode and Toby George all played their hearts out but could not find a way to reduce the deficit.
Cambs wrapped the game up with a goal against the run of play which made sure the points stayed with the home team.
Wisbech will need to up their game this week in the local derby game against a very strong March team.
Wisbech Ladies 1st 2,
Dereham 1st 3
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Thursday 23 May 2013
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