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Hockey: Wisbech Men edged out by Cambs City 3rds but Peck strikes four to sink Spalding in derby

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Wisbech Men 1 Cambs City 3rds 2

On the back of two draws Wisbech went into this game with a depleted squad but full of confidence and started the game brightly but couldn’t take their chances early on.

Tom Jupp got the breakthrough for Wisbech thanks to a well worked short corner routine but City struck back almost immediately.

Peele Leisure Centre – ladies' hockey, Long Sutton v Spalding. Spalding goalie in white stripes (27603702)
Peele Leisure Centre – ladies' hockey, Long Sutton v Spalding. Spalding goalie in white stripes (27603702)

The game ebbed and flowed and the second half began to get very scrappy as umpires struggled to maintain discipline, but Wisbech continued to look for the winner. It unfortunately came at the other end from a penalty stroke and although Wisbech pressed for the equaliser it just wouldn’t come.

Another close game and Wisbech travel to Cambridge South next weekend with confidence remaining high.

Wisbech Men’s 3’s 5 Spalding 4’s 3

Wisbech took the axe to Spalding in a hard fought match.

With a much changed side and formation, Wisbech were making space and chances up front from the outset. Elliott Peck was clinical from the top of the D after two well-won short corners.

Spalding created space on the break as Wisbech pressed high to capitalise on the lead, resulting in a penalty flick that was put away well. The back three held strong thereafter and defended many short corners.

The second half was a much more open affair, with both sides creating chances. Spalding drew level from some well worked play but Wisbech held firm.

Another short corner from Elliott Peck and a superbly taken half volley from Mike Lawrence saw Wisbech open the gap. Spalding never gave up and got one back from broken play before a crisp hold up from Lee Peck released Elliott Peck for his fourth of the game.

The whole team played superbly and put in 100pc to get that important win and retain the top spot in the league.

MoM: Elliott Peck.

Wisbech Men’s IV 0 St Neots 3’s 5

A much changed 4ths side played a tremendous first half and kept an experienced side at bay.

A lot of pressure ultimately led to a goal for St Neots late in the first half.

A slight change of tactics in the second half pushed Dom Stannard a bit further forward to try and score an equaliser. However, this left a bit too much space in midfield and the away team scored four more in the second half despite some excellent defence work from Fin Murdoch and Will Jupp. There were also a number of excellent saves from Aidan Falcus which helped keep the score down.

Wisbech rallied towards the end of the second half despite the score and were unlucky not to get a consolation goal right at the end. Great effort from all in the circumstances and everybody put in a shift.

MoM: Fin Murdoch.

Wisbech Ladies II 7 Bourne Deeping III 0

Wisbech travelled to March for their home game with only 11 players due to the 1st team requiring players.

Amelia Garfoot and Alana Pritchard making their debut for the seconds and didn’t look out of place with good work rate and effort throughout the game.

Wisbech put the pressure on the opposition with some good runs down the right by both Emma Baker and Alana Pritchard. Good movement of the ball passing it around utilising all players.

Many short corners were awarded for Wisbech and the goals started to come going into half-time at 4-0.

Bourne came into the second half putting pressure on Wisbech but Emily Thomas kept a clean sheet maintaining good control of the D. Wisbech’s tally of goals came from Sam Pritchard 3, Emma Baker 2, Lou Walker and on her debut Alana Pritchard added to this impressive win for the team.

PoM: Alana Pritchard. slotting into the side with confidence with some good ball work and work rate.

Huge thanks to Neale-Wade (March) for accommodating all the club’s home matches this week. The club is incredibly appreciative of all the support received from other venues and its own members.

Wisbech Ladies 3rds 0 Newmarket III 6

The defence was kept busy: Wisbech managed to hold 0-2 down at half-time, but Newmarket applied the pressure in the second half.

Whilst GK Helen Pentelow was able to keep the score down, a barrage of short corners for the home side resulted in most of their goals.

Despite the score, the team battled valiantly, with the younger players on the frontline improving each week. Nicky “Grev” Greville worked tirelesly in midfield, supporting both the attack and defence, earning her PoM.

Next weekend is at home against top of the league Cambs South 4s.

PoM: Nic Greville.

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