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First team hockey: Wisbech Men lose at Wapping while depleted Ladies crash to St Neots

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Wapping 3rds 6 Wisbech Men 3

The men travelled to the Lee Valley ground for the second time this season.

The game started very slow for Wisbech but 20 minutes into the game Wisbech saw themselves 2-1 up after two good half volley finishes from Gary Freear and Danny Haynes.

March 1st v Wisbech 2nds hockey. (20263294)
March 1st v Wisbech 2nds hockey. (20263294)

Wisbech took this lead into the second half but unfortunately couldn’t hold onto it for long. Wapping proved to be a very clinical team in front of goal and Wisbech went 6-2 down but got a late consolation goal through Haynes, a back post finish.

Paul Lawrence was voted MoM from the lads for his tireless effort in defence and solid performance.

Wisbech Men’s 2nds 3 Spalding III 1

Doubling up on Saturday, Dom Stannard scored twice in his 2nd team return as the men win again versus Spalding 3s.

Wisbech dominated throughout, with some slick passing through the duration of the game. After just 14 minutes Stannard converted a well executed short corner routine, banging the ball in from right slip to take the lead. At 30 minutes Matt Pooley worked hard to penetrate the defence, providing a tap in for Stannard with his second.

Spalding responded with several attacks and were rewarded with a short corner which was deflected into the Wisbech goal by their captain and defender Nick 'Sprog' Osbourne.

Josh Porter put in a very big shift on the right side making some great runs into acres of space, only to track all the way back inside the home 22 to assist the defence. Josh Bell delivered probably his best performance of the season to date in the middle. Two players for the future to look out for.

Wisbech sealed the game at 43 minutes with a great team effort, passing the ball swiftly upfield for Calvin Bishop to strike a mighty shot past the keeper. Undoubtedly man of the match was young Joe Else who caused havoc down the left.

Wisbech are now ninth but with five teams all within one point of each other for fourth place. Next week: away vs Cambs Nomads.

Wisbech Men’s 3rds 1 Cambs South 4’s 3

Wisbech started at a great pace, creating chance after chance, but unfortunately they just couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.

Eventually they did manage to score through a well taken Ryan Jackson goal and should have gone into the break one up but a penalty flick near the end meant the sides went in all-square.

After the break Cambs were by far the stronger side and inflicted only the second loss of the season upon Wisbech who need to understand they cannot coast through a season expecting to win every week.

MoM: Josh Shippey.

Wisbech Men’s 4’s 1 Cambs Nomads 3’s 4

Nomads started at an amazing pace and threw wave after wave of attacks in a very tough afternoon.

Wisbech defended strongly but the countless attacks and short corners took its toll and half-time saw a 4-0 deficit. A good tactical team talk from Pete Symonds saw a different Wisbech side emerge.

Wisbech pressed higher and didn't allow Nomads room in midfield to dominate further. Wisbech then won a short corner injected by Jonathan Garwell and sweetly struck by Brodie Ellis to get a goal back. The men had most of the play in the second half and created more chances.

Chris Middleton had a great game at the back but Fin Murdoch was voted MoM.

Wisbech Ladies 2 St Neots 4

Hoping to put in a similar performance to the cup game the week before, the home team started positively with goal scoring opportunities.

The Wisbech side missed four key players this week though and the lack of speed up front, lack of distribution from midfield and poor passing, meant that the side did not play the standard of hockey that they are capable of.

Despite Laura Overland's short corner goal and captain Georgie Dunn stepping up to net another, St Neots outplayed Wisbech to win 4-2.

Next week the team are back to full strength and are hoping for their winning ways to return. The ladies welcomed Becky Gillick who made her debut on Saturday.

PoM: captain Georgie Dunn.

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