Wisbech 1sts 6, St. Ives 1sts 1
Wisbech despatched East Premier B basement boys St. Ives comfortably enough although it was hardly a vintage performance.
Wisbech took the lead with the first of Gavin Johnstone’s three goals. A positive thrusting run and wayward shot by Drew Harvey saw Sam Markille deflect the ball home for Wisbech’s second.
A second goal for Johnstone and a Joe Melton short corner strike were separated by a breakaway St. Ives goal to give Wisbech a 4-1 half-time lead.
The second half saw Wisbech slow to start and they rarely looked as threatening as they had in the first period. Johnstone completed his hat-trick and Sam Blunt scored to complete the victory.
Next weekend Wisbech visit Letchworth (1.30). In the last 16 of the EHA Trophy Wisbech have been drawn away to Division 2 North leaders Saffron Walden on February 12.
Cambridge South 1sts 2,
Wisbech Town 2nds 2
Wisbech scored two goals against the meanest defence in East Men’s League Division 3NW and gained a deserved point from a solid team performance.
The first two goals came from similar well worked penalty corner routines. Cambridge scored first, then Gary Freear and Alan Hanrahan traded passes at the top of the circle before Freear shot and Karle Belding tapped in the rebound from short range.
Wisbech took the lead early on in the second half, Belding scoring from open play. Cambridge equalised soon after, capitalising on a rare moment of hesitation from last defender Shaun Claxton. Claxton redeemed himself, making a last ditch block. Wisbech held on with Lee Peck yellow carded and then Hanrahan going off injured.
On Saturday Wisbech 2s take on Wisbech 3s at 4pm.
Wisbech Town 3rds 0,
Cambridge South 2nds 1
Chances were missed at both ends. Cambs managed to snatch the breakthrough with a short corner, despite some brilliant saves from Man of the Match Simon Freear and some strong, controlled defending from Dave Webster.
Next week: v Wisbech 2nds at 4pm.
Bourne Deeping 3rds 1,
Wisbech Town 4ths 1
Wisbech faced a hard away game in Div 5NW. Straight from the push back Wisbech were on the back foot against a good side.
A defensive mistake by skipper Kevin Shippey led to Wisbech conceding a soft goal. An injury to Chris Stanhope put Wisbech down to 10 players for a good part of the rest of the half but great teamwork meant no more goals were shipped.
Stanhope came back onto the pitch and scored a well executed poacher’s goal 10 minutes after the restart. A great team performance.
Moorhouse & Mohan MoM: Chris Stanhope.
Cambs City 5, Wisbech Ladies 1sts 0
Wisbech looked like they were in control for the first ten minutes. However Cambridge soon started to pick up their game and bagged themselves two early goals, scoring another before half time.
Wisbech continued to battle hard in the second half but couldn’t find the attacking play to put Cambridge under any real pressure. Cambridge scored two more goals in the second half. Katie Dunn was named player of the match on her debut for the first team.
Wisbech Ladies 2nds 5,
Sawtry Ladies 3
In a match that could have gone either way after half time, Wisbech won following a hat-trick from player of the match Laura Overland and two goals from Joey Gomm.
Georgie Woolmer worked really hard at right midfield and set Emma Baker up on the right wing to make a great pass for one of Overland’s conversions.
Saturday also saw Daisy Woolmer’s debut, putting together some neat passes. The team held it togther after the line up had to change after injury.
Wisbech are home to Peterborough City next Saturday.
Newmarket Ladies 3rds 2,
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 0
Player of the match Chloe Hawes made vital challenges within the Wisbech ‘D’.
Good saves from keeper Abbie Marshal kept Newmarket at bay. On the half time whistle Newmarket had a goal disallowed.
Soon after the restart the opener came from a deflected shot. A second came from a goal mouth scramble following a short corner. A short corner strike from captain Ellie Cobb was cleared off the line five minutes from time.