Wisbech Town 1sts 7, Letchworth 4
Wisbech avenged their most disappointing performance of the season against bitter rivals Letchworth and in doing so almost certainly guaranteed themselves fourth place in East Premier B.
Wisbech created many chances throughout and only the performance of the Letchworth goalkeeper kept the score at a reasonable level. Wisbech took the lead when Gavin Johnstone (mom) slammed the ball home after good work from Joe Melton and Dan Martell.
Sam Blunt’s drag flick proved too powerful for the keeper who could only push the ball into the net as Wisbech took a shortlived two-goal lead. Letchworth pulled back a goal with a scrambled effort at the far post.
Blunt restored the two goal advantage with a reverse stick effort which found the bottom corner of the goal. Letchworth came back, a shot was blocked by Melton and the rebound fell kindly for the away side.
Sam Markille popped up to give Wisbech a 4-2 lead before Letchworth began to take control. A well worked short corner goal and a breakaway brought the scores level. Then Wisbech stepped up their game. Assisted by some Letchworth indiscipline that saw them reduced to ten men twice, Wisbech played some scintillating hockey.
Markille grabbed his second with a nice finish at a short corner before Martell celebrated his return from injury with a poacher’s effort scarcely a minute later.
Johnstone pulled a fine save from the Letchworth goalkeeper and rattled the inside of the post before Markille produced the goal of the day lifting the ball into the top corner.
Wisbech 3rds 1,
Wisbech Town 2nds 1
The second meeting of the club’s second and third teams lacked the excitement of earlier in the season and ended in a fair draw.
The seconds had the majority of possession and were rewarded with a string of penalty corners. However, the thirds put up a stubborn defence.
The seconds took the lead after the break from a penalty corner, Hugo Atkins scoring with a reverse stick strike after Al Hanrahan’s shot was saved.
As the match went on the seconds began to tire and the thirds’ dogged resistance was rewarded with a well-deserved equaliser from Phil Norman.
On Saturday Wisbech 2nds host Spalding 1 at 1pm.
Wisbech Ladies 1sts 0,
Camb City 4
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 2, Newmarket 3rds 0
Wisbech started strongly dominating the early play having several chances from open play and short corners.
The breakthrough came halfway through the first half with a top D strike from returning Kimberley Stimson. Georgie Woolmer (pom) created several chances for the Wisbech forwards but they could not find the target.
After the break Newmarket came close to levelling the scores, but were denied by keeper Sarah Marshal. Ten minutes from the end Tina Forder doubled the score through a short corner won by Olivia O’Conner, who came close to finishing the game off but was denied by the Newmarket keeper.