City of Peterborough II 5, Wisbech 2
WISBECH completed their East Premier B season with a lacklustre defeat.
With both teams comfortably mid-table the game had little riding on it but Peterborough showed more urgency and took advantage of some sloppy defending to run into a three-nil lead.
Wisbech got themselves back into the game when Aaron Cobb provided a deft finish. Cobb was on hand again to finish at the second attempt after a mesmerising Brad Apted run.
The goal was ruled out, the umpire on halfway spotting what 22 players hadn’t as the ball brushed Cobb’s foot.
Peterborough increased their lead early in the second half only to see Apted instantly strike back. Wisbech had a string of short corners but couldn’t convert any. Peterborough showed them how it was done with a late corner which nestled in the top corner.
Wisbech’s aim at the start of the season was Premier B survival so can be happy with their campaign.
Rutland 1sts 7, Wisbech 2nds 1
WISBECH are the only team to have defeated the league champions this season, but Rutland got their revenge.
Wisbech scrapped valiantly, but were outplayed by a fast-passing, fast-moving Rutland team. Rutland scored three goals in the first half, with Wisbech’s main threat coming from Karle Belding attacking down the right. In the second half Tom Peggs scored a consolation goal for Wisbech with a reverse stick strike.
A good run of results after Christmas has enabled the team to achieve their aim of avoiding relegation.
Wisbech 3rds 2, Rutland 2nds 4
WISBECH 3rds completed their division 3NW season, and during the first half it looked as if high-flying Rutland were going to run away with the game as Wisbech went 3-0 down by half time.
In the second half Wisbech changed their tactics slightly, created a few chances and scored two goals from Adam Thomas. But a misplaced pass went to a opposition player who broke and scored. Man of the match went to sweeper Gavin Plume, who worked tirelessly to stop the opposition attacking. Special mention also goes to emergency centre midfielders Gary Freear and Jason Esser.
Wisbech 4ths 2,
City of Peterborough 7ths 3
AN entertaining hard-fought last league game of the season was end to end and there was no real animosity throughout.
Peterborough had a very mobile and fast frontline that made the Wisbech defence work hard to keep the score down to 1-2 in the first half. A sharp chance from a penalty corner converted by Edward Atkins kept Wisbech in the game.
Wisbech soon struck back early in the second half when a calm, collected Dom Stannard gathered a loose ball in the circle and lifted it over the onrushing keeper. Peterborough soon regained the lead despite some excellent defending from Wisbech player of the match George Carter.
A superb solo goal from Peterborough sealed the game in the last two minutes.