Wisbech remain unbeaten despite tempers flaring
Wisbech 2nd 2,
Bourne Deeping 2nd 1
Looking to maintain their unbeaten record, Wisbech were soon on the attack and won a string of short corners, with Gary Freear going close and the visiting keeper pulling off a series of extraordinary saves.
Persistence paid off when Freear found a way through to man of the match Sam Markillie who put the home side ahead with a trademark strike from close quarters.
Bourne Deeping’s fast forwards countered with a breakaway equaliser from open play to make the score 1-1.
Tempers boiled over after a Bourne Deeping player clashed with Wisbech’s Jason Mallet and both saw yellow. Another Bourne Deeping player continued remonstrating with the officials and was also sent off to calm down.
The second half saw another series of short corners for Wisbech. This time Kieran Hallett’s low, hard flick was saved by a goal line defender’s stick before a subsequent corner saw a solid Freear shot denied illegally on the line by a defender’s foot.
Jonathan Shippey stepped up to calmly convert the resulting penalty stroke and make it 2-1 to Wisbech at the close.
Cambridge University 3rd 2
Wisbech Men 3
Full of confidence after two wins, Wisbech came flying out of the blocks and took an early lead through Danny Haynes after a free flowing move.
The opposition then came back into the game and scored two quick goals to make it 2-1. Wisbech fought back and were level thanks to a very well-taken short corner from Dom Stannard to make it 2-2 at the break.
The majority of the second half was one-way Wisbech traffic, but chances came and went until a fantastic drag flick from Tom Jupp settled the game.
Jamie Hallatt, Paul Lawrence and Scott Welcher all played well, but it was youngster Ryan Jackson who took the man of the match award.
Wisbech 4th 2,
Bourne Deeping 4th 4
Just like a few of the Bourne players, Wisbech turned up late for the first half and allowed a team of nine players to grab an early lead, which was then doubled by half time.
A stern but positive team talk saw a much-improved Wisbech side come out for the second half. They made several chances of their own, but it was Bourne Deeping who added a third.
Flowing play between the Wisbech midfield and forwards unlocked the Deeping defence for Wisbech man of the match Jordan Bown to make it 1-3.
Wisbech could have added more but it was Bourne who struck again before a well-worked short corner allowed Lynton Mallet to score Wisbech’s second.
Pelicans 0, Wisbech Ladies 2
A windy day at Lynnsport saw the unbeaten Ladies take another step forward to promotion with a gutsy and hard-fought win against a dogged and determined Pelicans.
With 15 minutes gone, Laura Overland dribbled into the D and slapped the ball high towards the corner. The keeper managed to get half a glove on it, but it still carried forward into the net for 1-0.
This should have been the point where Wisbech ran rampant, but a belligerent Pelicans team made sure they had everyone behind the ball as much as possible to break down the play.
The second half proved much of the same with Emily Thomas having a few kicks to make and a couple of half chances to save, but overall the defensive unit of Katie Dunn, Issy Oldershaw-Ellis, Nat Ward, Beth Rosier, Jo Bland and Laura Overland kept the home team at bay.
The midfielders, Georgie Dunn, Izzy Pope, Hannah Welcher and Amber Scott worked hard to create the openings for Joey Gomm, Jane Peggs and player of the match Ellie Padmore, but space was at a premium in the Pelicans 23.
As the final whistle blew, a short corner was awarded and from it Katie Dunn found herself on the right hand side and lifted the ball over the keeper into the net.
Wisbech 2nd 2, Cambs South 3rd 1
A lack of focus at the start led to the home side conceding an early, sloppy goal.
Wisbech then started to get some moves together and equalised later in the half with a great finish from Izzy Gowler after a driving run from left defence for her first goal of the season.
Wisbech were much better in the second half, resulting in a smart winning goal from Lucy Prior after a great run down the right from Harriet Bateman.
There was some outstanding work on the day by Julie Campbell, both going forward and getting back in defence, but player of the match was Helen Pentelow who stepped up from the thirds to keep goal and made some crucial saves .
Wisbech 3rd 2, St Neots 4th 1
The team, with a new-look defence, started in their usual hesitant way against a very organised and experienced St Neots side.
The defence, led by usual midfielder and player of the match Nic Greville, were under constant pressure during the first half and the opposition were awarded several short corners which the Wisbech defence dealt with well.
Goalkeeper Lexi Kibenecz made her debut, with regular keeper Helen Pentelow playing for the seconds.
St Neots took the lead in the 38th minute, but Wisbech started the second half much more organised and eager.
A well struck shot by Amelia Mitchell from the edge of the D equalised and then the ball was struck at the top of the D by Emma Markillie to the left post where Andrea Eggleton slotted it in to make it 2-1.
The team take on top of the table Cambridge South 5th next week.
Long Sutton 1st 5, Louth 1st 4
Long Sutton maintained their unbeaten start with a tight 5-4 win over a very determined Louth side.
A brace from Joshua Fyson was backed up by goals from Brad Sargeant, Luke Jackson and Jeremy Watt.
They will hoping to continue their unbeaten run when they travel to Kettering 2nd on Saturday.
St Ives 1st 7, Long Sutton 2nd 2
With Ed Munson and Luke Proctor stepping up from the thirds, both acquitting themselves well, the team carried their spirit from last week into this game.
Stefan Fox organised the defence well and, alongside Burton and Gray, frustrated the home side who were well on top, but kept at bay due to some excellent defending, good team work and superb finishing.
Adam Sisson was kept busy in goal, but the game was not all St Ives as Will Taylor continued to show his skills from last week alongside his two namesakes, Olly and Adam, who helped drive Sutton forward when they could.
The two high spots of the half were aerials from MOTM Tom Burton, with one being run onto by Will Taylor who finished well to reduce the arrears and at half time the score was 4-1.
St Ives were the better team but they were matched in commitment by Sutton, with McKenzie East and Adam Wiles in particular putting in some hard, but unrewarded work for the team.
In the game, Burton scored his first ever senior goal after Will Taylor won the ball well in midfield before he linked with Alex Canham who found Burton in the middle, and it was then about Burton’s determination to score, and he made it 7-2 at full-time.
Long Sutton 3rd 5, Leadenham 3rd 1
With many players missing from Sutton’s side, they were lucky to find players to fill some gaps, with James Cliff coming in as goalkeeper, Dom Ibrahim picking up the midfield and Simon Smith providing fresh legs from the subs bench when needed.
Jack Smith took an unfamilar position in leading the defence which included Josh Smith, Ben Hales and Gary Croxford.
Through the middle was Ibrahim, Jake and Daniel Simpson, supported by Sam Skate and then up front Josh Norey and Gary Hales.
Sutton conceded the first goal after dominating the play, however, the team kept their focus, with Ibrahim holding the midfield and being able to feed out balls to the wings and also up front.
This constant pressure led to Sutton winning several short corners from which Hales was able to score two goals in the first half.
The second half began with Leadenham pressure, but Sutton were able to weather the storm with further goals from Hales and also a neatly taken shot from Ibrahim.
Towards the end of the game, while pressing on the attack, the ball dropped for Jack Smith who took a quick shot and sent the ball into the back of the goal.
This performance kept Sutton top of the league going into a weekend where they have no game and a much needed week’s break.
St Ives Ladies 1st 2, Long Sutton Ladies 1st 3
Tania White was relishing the prospect of having a fully fit squad to pick from as they faced a team who were relegated from the league above last season.
The game started well for Sutton who found themselves 1-0 up after two minutes as Emmy Gittins passed to twin sister Connie whose shot was saved by the keeper before the rebound was poked in by Hannah Baker.
After ten minutes, Sutton went 2-0 up after a goalmouth scramble was put away by Jess Burton, but St Ives came out strongly and reduced the arrears just three minutes into the second half before Sutton’s two-goal lead was restored through Connie Gittins.
St Ives got a goal back just before full-time but Sutton were able to stand firm and get the win, in the hope of continuing this form at home to Cambridge University 3rd.