City of Peterborough 2nds 4, Wisbech 3
Wisbech slumped to defeat at Peterborough and only had themselves to blame. Peterborough made the better start but created very little.
Wisbech grew in confidence and took the lead when they won a short corner and in form Gavin Johnstone finished from close range.
It was the only goal of the first half and Wisbech went out after the break with every confidence of continuing their East Premier B 100 per cent record.
All was going well and Wisbech looked likely to increase their lead. The turning point came when Brad Apted went round the keeper and lifted the ball goalward. A Peterborough defender ran across to make a brilliant clearance and this proved crucial.
Peterborough threw more people forward and the pressure on Wisbech increased. The equaliser came midway through the half and it led to a period of Peterborough domination.
A second and third goal were soon to arrive and after a string of short corners Peterborough scored the fourth goal which proved to be the winner.
Wisbech pulled a goal back when the Peterborough goalkeeper deliberately stopped Apted getting to the ball and he converted the penalty stroke.
Straight from the restart Wisbech won the ball back and Apted crossed for Johnstone to score his second.
From the restart this time Peterborough put the ball deep in Wisbech territory and they didn’t have enough time to mount an attack.
Wisbech host Crostyx on Saturday at 2.30.
St Neots 1st 2,
Wisbech Town 2nds 3
Wisbech began the game brightly and took the lead early on with Gary Freear scoring with a reverse stick strike from a penalty corner.
Freear then doubled Wisbech’s lead, lifting the ball over the St Neots goalkeeper and then calmly watching the ball go into the goal as the St Neots defenders scrambled after it. However, Wisbech were unable to build on their good start as St Neots hit back with two goals before half-time.
St Neots edged the second half in terms of possession, but it was Wisbech that got the winning goal. Sam Dunn sweeping in a rebound from short range. Despite St Neots pressing, Wisbech held on for a hard fought win.
Wisbech host Cambridge South 2 at 11.30am on Saturday in the league and Bedford 2 at 1pm on Sunday in the cup.
Wisbech 3rd 1,
Bourne Deeping 1st 5
Wisbech played host to another team who will be challenging for a promotion slot. Their class showed from the start and the Wisbech defence was under constant pressure with only some outstanding saves from goalkeeper Simon Freear denying several goals. Bourne managed two goals by half-time, one by passing the ball creating a tap in and the other a mishit short corner.
Freear continued to excel in the second half making some incredible reaction saves but could not prevent a further three away goals. The only Wisbech goal came from some quick thinking from Drew Harvey who took a fast free hit and scored a consolation goal. This remained the only attack from the home side that really threatened the away goal.
Saturday v St Neots 1sts (a) 12.30 start.
Wisbech Town 4ths 0, Peterborough 7ths 4
Wisbech lacked the fire power to cope with a very good Peterborough side in this Division 5NW game.
Wisbech defended well, but the constant pressure was always going to result in goals.
Simon Freear had an excellent game in goal and kept the scoreline down. Toby George and Graham Dunn also played very well in defence but Wisbech need to be able to turn attacks into goals.
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 0,
City of Peterborough 4
Wisbech were put on the back foot from the start by a very attacking Peterborough side.
They were made to wait until midway through the half for their first goal due to some good defensive play from Philipa Bateman and Becky Pentelow.
A run of several short corners saw Peterborough 3-0 up at half-time.
Wisbech started the second half much better putting the Peterborough defence under pressure, by good attacking play with Caitlin Peck and Connie Anker linking up well in midfield.
Wisbech deserved their opening goal coming close several times but could never find the breakthrough; Peterborough extended their lead to win 4-0.