St. Ives 4, Wisbech 5
Wisbech had two players sent off near the end but still managed to hold on to victory as the East Premier B basement boys pushed them all the way.
It was not perhaps the best of the 350 consecutive league games that goalkeeper James Sheppard had played in. The visitors left the pitch bemoaning the umpiring but they also contributed to their own problems with a lacklustre performance. Wisbech scored two breakaway goals in the first half with Brad Apted and Gavin Johnstone on target. It was a lead they scarcely deserved.
Jon Shippey had been shown a yellow card early on for a very innocuous looking challenge. Wisbech were therefore incensed when Sam Blunt was brought down from behind twice as he bore down on goal and neither infringement drew a card.
St Ives got a deserved goal early in the second half from a short corner. It was cancelled out straight away by a superb Apted solo goal which saw him run 50 yards and beat three players and the goalkeeper.
The teams swapped goals again, St. Ives thinking they had got back into the game at 3-2 before Sam Markille provided a cool finish to an Apted cross.
A speedy Blunt drag flick restored Wisbech’s two goal advantage before the game descended into chaos and farce. Blunt was once again agriculturally challenged from behind. He tried to continue his run but had to pull up.
For some reason the umpire played on and again let the St Ives player escape without censure. Blunt told him what he thought and was shown a yellow card. Apted joined in and was also dismissed. A bad St. Ives tackle and Wisbech had two players sent off!
St Ives exploited their numerical advantage to get a goal back from a short corner. They were then reduced to 10 when they saw a player yellow carded for a foul on Drew Harvey.
The game finished with ten against nine and another Wisbech victory. This week they host Letchworth at 2.30.
Wisbech Town 2nds 0,
Cambridge South 1st 1
Wisbech were beaten to the only goal of the game, but it could have so easily been a win for the home side.
An early Wisbech penalty corner strike was given as a goal, but then disallowed. Dan Martell and Hugo Atkins were constant menaces with their direct attacking setting up chances and winning penalty corners.
Matt Pooley fired just over the goal, Karle Belding shot narrowly wide and Lee Peck hit the post. Wisbech were also unable to make anything from a host of penalty corners.
Cambridge stole the match with a well taken goal just after half-time. Their forward deflected a cross in from the right up into the net at the near post.
Wisbech 2nds face Wisbech 3rds at 4pm on Saturday.
Cambs South 2nds 2, Wisbech 3rds 0
Wisbech travelled to Cambridge for an early start which did not suit some of the Wisbech side.
After minimal warm up time they found themselves under pressure but managed to weather the storm and soon had some chances from open play and from short corners that went begging.
Cambs scored the only goal of the half probably against the run of play.
In the second half Wisbech continued to play poorly lacking the passing of previous weeks. It was left to Cambs to seal the result with a breakaway goal.
Wisbech Town 4ths 2,
Bourne Deeping 3rds 2
In a hard fought game Wisbech dominated the first half with slick passing and could have scored three goals.
In fact a goal from Orlando Prestige and a goal by Deeping against the run of play meant the spoils were level at 1-1.
A lucky penalty flick decision gave Jonathan Boyal his first goal for some weeks put Wisbech back in the lead.
Deeping then produced some good hockey and the 4ths found themselves defending for much of the second half. Eventually Deeping got the goal back and on reflection a draw was the right result.
Cambridge Uni 1st 4,
Wisbech Ladies 1st 0
The students were on top for the majority of the first 35 minutes with the defence battling hard to clear their lines but still conceded four goals.
The second half went a bit more Wisbech’s way with Verity Allen (pom) creating a short corner after a cross pitch ball from Laura Overland led to the left back driving into the D. It was unfortunate that Wisbech could not build on their chances. Wisbech play Cambs City at home this weekend.
Wisbech Ladies 1st 1, West Herts 3
Wisbech started very brightly at home and put together some good attacking play but could not capitalise on their chances.
West Herts however took their chances after they were awarded a penalty corner midway through the first half. Wisbech did not let this deter them and continued to pressure until half time.
Within minutes of the restart Wisbech came close to grabbing an equaliser but West Herts bounced back and stole another goal. Wisbech continued to build upon their bright start and were awarded a short corner which Natalie Ward slotted home.
It was a battle to the end with Wisbech pushing for an equaliser and West Herts aiming to extend their lead. Unfortunately West Herts won this one and netted a goal near the end of the half.
Newmarket 1st 9,
Wisbech Ladies 2nds 0
Wisbech were forced to make nine changes against the league leaders and were under pressure from the start.
There was some great defensive work from Georgie Woolmer and Sophie Culshaw. Goalkeeper Sarah Matthews and midfielder Connie Anker were voted joint players of the match for their contribution. Wisbech were unlucky not to score in the last few minutes when Kimberley Stimpson and Emily Brown worked well together to make the Newmarket keeper save Brown’s shot.
On Saturday Wisbech face Sawtry at home at 11.30am.