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‘Groundhog Day’ for Wisbech Men’s 1sts in late loss to top-of-the-table Wapping and former scorer Hugo Atkins

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Wisbech Men 0 Wapping 1

It was ‘Groundhog Day’ for the Men’s 1sts as they welcomed top-of- the-table Wapping and former goal scorer Hugo Atkins.

They knew of the difficult task in hand but won practically every 50-50 tackle and created chances.

Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540457)
Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540457)

They looked the more likely team to win it but, yet again, it was a last-minute goal which cost them dearly. From a very questionable free hit a Wapping player snuck in to win the match with the absolute last touch of the game. If these moments go in Wisbech’s favour next season they will have a spectacular one!

Spalding 5

Wisbech Men’s 2nds 8

Wisbech made an epic second half comeback from being 4-2 down at the break.

Uncharacteristically Wisbech took the lead from a Joe Melton short corner conversion, but Spalding equalised from a short corner deflection off a Wisbech player. Melton converted again but Spalding netted three before half-time.

The impact of a Gary Freear team talk and his influence on pitch was key to the turnaround. Everyone played possibly their best hockey of the season thus far. Ciaran Lowe was an unsung hero in defence. Joe Else made some penetrating runs down the left, leading to a brace of well worked goals from Calvin Bishop assisted by Oliver Osbourne.

Against the run of play, Spalding were awarded a penalty flick, which they converted well. Wisbech continued to dominate, tearing the defence apart and seeing Oliver Osbourne net a hat-trick. Captain Nick Osbourne found himself in a strong competition with the Spalding striker, leaving the field with a blooded nose from an unintentional stick strike. Freear finished the scoring with a trademark pick, lift and strike over the keeper.

Wisbech face a tough game next weekend against Cambridge Nomads 2 who currently sit three places above but only four points ahead. Many thanks to the travelling supporters.

Cambridge South 4ths 2 Wisbech Men’s 3rds 0

Spirits were high despite the early morning trip to Cambridge and with the bare 11.

Having lost to Cambs South earlier in the season this was always going to be a hard fought match against a 15-strong home side.

The first half proved that to be the case, with an excellent standard of hockey being played by both sides and chances coming more for Wisbech who were unable to capitalise. Cambridge didn’t look like breaking through, particularly as Fin Murdoch on his second appearance in the 3rds had a stormer at right back.

The second half continued at a high pace with yet more chances falling Wisbech’s way and at least six short corners that just wouldn’t find the back of the net, in part due to an excellent performance from the Cambridge keeper. A couple of unfortunate goals followed from counter attacks from Cambridge against the run of play.

Wisbech continued to press hard but just could not get the breakthrough they deserved in an excellent team performance.

MoM: Fin “The Rock” Murdoch.

Wisbech Men’s 4’s 0 Cm. Nomads 3’s 1

Wisbech knew they would have to be on form to contain second place Nomads who used the width of the pitch to full effect.

Wisbech soon got wise to this and used the space in the middle, Chris Middleton making some great passes leading to promising attacks. Easiest half time team talk ever, keep the hard work going.

The next 10 minutes were a carbon copy of the first half until Nomads took the lead. The home side made several attempts on goal with Olly Murdoch coming close. With full time approaching Wisbech won a short corner, and whilst Nomads were readying themselves the final whistle blew. Wisbech’s first shot was saved by a diving keeper. Despite Nidge Lowe and Brandon Ruff’s efforts the ball went inches wide.

MoM: Olly Murdoch.

(Photo is from recent Wisnech Ladies v Ipswich/ES)

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