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Wisbech Ladies 2nds draw at City of Peterborough 4ths as Storm Dennis hits hockey fixtures

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As Storm Dennis was predicted to do damage over the weekend there was some caution expressed by the East League for clubs to make their decisions early.

With heavy rain and 70mph winds set to descend over the east the decision was made to cancel all Wisbech home games by the club on the advice given.

WTHC stated: “Dennis didn’t live up to his reputation but, with the safety of players, travelling teams and umpires being paramount, it was better to be safe than sorry!”

March 1st v Wisbech 2nds hockey. (20263285)
March 1st v Wisbech 2nds hockey. (20263285)

Cancelled fixtures will be played at the earliest opportunity.

City of Peterborough 4ths 1 Wisbech Ladies 2nds 1

From the start Wisbech knew they had a tough game against a more experienced, stronger, Peterborough side than at home.

With both sides putting on the pressure Wisbech got the first goal from a short corner with Amelia Garfoot following up on the post from an Emma Baker strike.

Wisbech had some good play moving the ball about from one side of the pitch to the other, creating chances.

Another short corner was awarded and with Oliwia Bolka on the other post from Emma Baker’s strike, roofing the ball into the top of the net making this the goal of the season. Unfortunately the umpire ruled it out, saying the strike from Bolka was too high, despite not consulting with the other umpire, who said it was a goal.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v March 1st Hockey. (28777768)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v March 1st Hockey. (28777768)

Whilst Wisbech protested this with the umpire they let play go on and Peterborough broke into the circle, but Lucy Prior, on her game, cleared it off the line. So Wisbech went into half-time just 1-0 up.

Wisbech did take their feet off the gas a little during the second half and Peterborough took advantage with a weak goal through lack of concentration in defence. The pressure was still on and Wisbech just couldn’t find the net again.

Some good contenders for player of the match – Eva Miller in defence very solid, Lou Walker and Harriet Bateman working hard in midfield gaining confidence, but PoM goes to Beth Holmes who took advantage of the space Peterborough gave her, making the runs down the right to create chances.

This felt like a loss and a very disappointing game but Wisbech need to keep their heads up for their next local battle against Long Sutton.

The ladies can still come away as champions playing the lower teams in the league.

• Action photos are from recent Wisbech Ladies 2nds vs March derbies.

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