Joe Melton and Kieran Hallatt hockey braces mean Wisbech Men's 2nds come back to humble Bourne Deeping 3rds 7-2
Wisbech Men's 2nds 7 Bourne Deeping 3’s 2
Wisbech started poorly and within the first 15 minutes found themselves 2-0 down. Wisbech didn’t drop their heads and started to play good hockey with Josh Porter and Joe Else making good runs upfront. Joe Melton then scored a penalty flick to bring Wisbech back into the game and a Kieran Hallatt goal from a short corner levelled the scoreline.
After a positive half time team talk Wisbech started strong and began to play to their full potential. Jamie Hallatt slotted the ball into the goal to put Wisbech ahead and within minutes man of the match Joe Melton grabbed his second with a thunderbolt stroke. Wisbech pushed harder and the goals started to fly in, with Calvin Bishop, Joseph Else and Kieran Hallatt adding to the scoreline. MoM: Joe Melton.
Wisbech Men's 3’s 4 Bourne Deeping 4’s 0
Wisbech 3’s started slowly and never really got into their stride for the whole of the first half although they did go into half time 2-0 up with goals from Brodie Ellis and Elliot Peck.
The second half saw Wisbech step it up a gear although they never got to play the type of hockey they have over the last few weeks. Two more goals from Dom Garfoot and Olly Mitchell sesled the points. Wisbech will have to play much better if they want to lift the trophy at the end of the season.
Wisbech Men's 4’s 0 Kettering 4’s 7
Wisbech welcomed a much changed Kettering side from their previous encounter. Maybe due to their 2nds and 3rds not having a game.
Wisbech got on with it and soon found themselves under pressure time and time again. Despite some good defensive play Wisbech found themselves 5-0 down at half-time.
Wisbech came out stronger in the second half and made some chances for themselves but couldn't convert. Kettering were awarded a penalty flick that was calmly saved by Aiden Falcus.
Wisbech tried to deal with the constant pressure from the Kettering attacks but couldn't prevent another two goals going in a much better second half.
Olly Murdoch had a great debut for the club and Robin Middleton worked tirelessly all game.
MoM: Nidge Lowe.
Wisbech Ladies 1 Norwich Dragons 1
Wisbech 1st team were in high spirits entering the game.
They remained confident which allowed them to bag an early goal. Norwich stepped up their game and used the ball effectively allowing them to bag the equaliser before half time.
After a quick team talk Wisbech were back out on the pitch playing some high tempo, quality hockey, although they were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
Some strong defensive work from Issy Oldershaw-Ellis, Natalie Ward and Katie Dunn kept the Dragons at bay. An excellent game from goalkeeper Emily Thomas who confidently commanded the D and produced some excellent saves. A special mention goes to Lorraine Parker and Georgie Dunn for their excellent play throughout the match.
PoM: Issy Oldershaw-Ellis for her amazing efforts in defence.
Wisbech Ladies 3’s 0 Huntingdon 2’s 3
Disappointingly Huntingdon 2s took the decision to strengthen their team with first team players who did not have a game this weekend.
Although Wisbech expressed their objections, and Huntingdon advising they would not use them before the game, they still chose to use these players in their squad of 14.
Despite this Wisbech played well and battled the whole match, unable to take advantage of some good attacking play and penalty corners, Wisbech found themselves 2-0 down at half time.
In a closer fought second half, with numerous defensive short corners Huntingdon scored their third from a good strike that found the gap under the keeper. Lisa Jackson had a great game in defence, but was pipped at the post for player of the match by daughter Olivia!
PoM: Olivia Jackson.
SUNDAY, MIXED TOURNAMENT
Wisbech 4 Luton 2
Wisbech came out strong against a dominant Luton team.
Wisbech were awarded the first short corner of the game which led to a flick to see Daniel Martell casually slot in the right hand corner. Just before half-time Luton were able to equalise.
With a good team talk from manager Jonathan Shippey, Wisbech came back even stronger in the second half having lots of chances but they were denied by Luton goalkeeper. Georgie Dunn then connected well with a brilliant ball from Ellie Padmore taking us into the lead.
Great team performance shown by the whole side led Georgie Dunn to grab another goal. Luton managed to get one more goal but with some brilliant defending from Jason Esser and some top saves from Bill “Wom” Garner Wisbech denied Luton’s attack. Wisbech had one final short corner leading to another flick from Daniel Martell ending the score 4-2. Brilliant team performance from everyone who played.
PoM: Bill “Wom” Garner.
• Many thanks to Wisbech Grammar School for accommodating all home matches this weekend. Thanks also to all umpires, volunteers providing teas and pitch side supporters who braved the weather.
(Pictures are from Long Sutton v Norwich Dragons).