Firsts boost their hockey survival hopes

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Wisbech 1sts 4,

Chelmsford 4

A highly charged encounter saw Wisbech pick up their first point since the 4-3 victory over Dereham in game week three to give themselves a chance of Premier A survival.

Ed Batt equalised with a fine solo goal from right-back. Chelmsford took the lead again with a deflected shot past keeper Tom Peggs.

Brad Apted rediscovered his traditional scoring form with Wisbech’s second equaliser.

In the second half Chelmsford went 4-2 up. Apted scythed a reverse stick tomahawk from a near impossible angle with 15 minutes to play, followed by lashing rain and hailstones. Play was postponed temporarily, then Apted laid on Blunt to earn a valuable point.

Next week they travel to Wapping.

Cambridge South 1, Wisbech 3rds 4

Relegation threatened Wisbech overcame the weather and a Cambridge South team sitting third in the East Hockey Mens Division 3NW table.

Elliot Peck netted before a first half hailstorm. The match restarted and South equalised. Cambridge were stunned by a Hugo Atkins hat-trick from counter-attacks after good work from Tim Atkins, Toby George and Howard Atkins. On Saturday Wisbech face leaders March 1 at 4pm.

Wisbech 4ths 2, Newmarket 2nds 5

Wisbech took the lead after 45 seconds with a great finish from Jonny Garner (13) while Will Green also scored.

Next weekend: at top of the league Cambridge City.

Wisbech Ladies 4, City of Peterborough 3

Wisbech had a point to prove after letting Peterborough take a point earlier in the season.

Excellent build up play led to a goal from Lisa Williamson before Peterborough levelled. In the second half Leanne Williamson netted from a short corner routine, and Lisa Williamson completed her hat-trick as both teams were fighting hard for the three points. Lisa Williamson was player of the match. Wisbech travel away to Lincoln next week.

England Hockey Trophy 3rd round

Wisbech Town 3, Oxford 3 (Wisbech lose 7-8 on sudden death penalty flicks)

Within minutes, attacking play from Sophie Culshaw and Lisa Williamson saw Hannah Strickle convert the first goal on Sunday. Oxford replied but Williamson gave Wisbech the lead heading into the break.

In the second half Claire Apted slotted home an early goal but Oxford managed to grab two goals back.

After the first round of five penalty flicks, the score was 4-4. In sudden death despite some brave goalkeeping, Oxford went through.

Wisbech Ladies II 6, Spalding II 0

Wisbech were 2-0 up at half-time through Emily Woods and Daisy Woolmer.

Wisbech raised their game in the second half. PoM Joey Gomm added Wisbech’s third and Laura Overland scored a hat-trick.

* Wisbech Town Cricket and Hockey Club will be holding their AGM on Monday at the Pavilion in Harecroft Road starting at 8pm, following a short joint committee meeting.