Both Wisbech first teams are off the mark
Wisbech Town’s Mens and Ladies first teams picked up their first wins of the season, with Jo Gomm recording a hat-trick as the ladies edged out Cambridge University 2nd 3-2 at Harecroft Road.
Gomm scored the lone goal of the first half, before adding a second shortly after the break following a brilliant run from Amber Scott to help set up the Wisbech forward.
The University side managed to pull a goal back, only for Wisbech to restore their two-goal lead as Gomm completed her hat-trick.
A second goal from the visitors set up a tense finale, but an assured performance from debutant Lexi Kilbanecz in the Wisbech goal helped see the home side over the line.
The Ladies 1st XI will travel to City of Peterborough 2nd XI this weekend, hoping to secure consecutive wins in East Area Women’s Division 1 North.
Goals from Jamie Hallatt and Ryan Jackson helped the Mens 1st XI earn a 2-0 win against Cambridge City 3rd, with goalkeeper Will Smithee collecting his first clean sheet of the season.
It wasn’t all good news for Wisbech however, with skipper Charlie Baxter picking up a serious ankle injury during the game. Baxter is likely to miss several weeks while he recovers, including next weekend’s home game against Bourne-Deeping 1st XI (1.45PM).
The Mens 2nd XI made the trip to Kettering and the early signs were positive, with Pete Skitmore finding the back of the net, but Wisbech were unable to kick on and eventually found themselves on the end of a controversial decision, after a shot from outside the Wisbech circle was adjudged to be a goal, despite no Kettering player inside the area getting a touch on the way in.
Wisbech rallied but were unable to find the decisive goal as the game finished 1-1. The 2nd XI will host Peterborough City 5th on Saturday (noon).
Wisbech Ladies 2nd headed to Bourne-Deeping 2nd, but found themselves unable to replicate their scoring feats of the week before as the two sides battled to a 0-0 draw.
Despite missing out on the win, captain Harriet Bateman still saw positives in her team’s performance:
“We had a really good game, with some of our young players really getting stuck in. It’s a very frustrating result, but still a good point,” she said.
Bateman’s side will host Kettering Ladies 2nd this weekend (3.30pm).
Wisbech Ladies 3rd XI welcomed local rivals March to Harecroft Road, but struggled to penetrate the visitors’ defence, despite some good link up play between Wisbech’s own defence and midfield. While the home side did not lack for effort, nor possession, March ultimately showed a more clinical edge and headed home with a 3-0 win.
The 3rd XI will look to bounce back at Cambridge South next weekend.
The Mens 3rd XI beat St Neots 2nd 3-2. Eliott Peck and Oliver Overland put Wisbech ahead, but the visitors were able to draw level late in the second half.
Wisbech were quick to bounce back, however, with Peck grabbing his second to secure the victory. The 3rd team travel to play Kettering 3rd on Saturday.
Wisbech Mens 4th team finally got their campaign under way at Cambridge Nomads, but a frustrating first half saw Brandon Ruff’s side trailing 3-0 at the break.
A much improved second half effort saw Wisbech come close to finding the net, with a series of short corner opportunities, as well as midfielder Jon Boyall hitting the post, but the scoreline remained unchanged. They travel to Ely 3rd on Saturday, hoping to build on the positives of last weekend’s game.