Wisbech Ladies' new hockey system helps draw at Peterborough 2nds with Issy Oldershaw-Ellis grabbing derby point
Peterborough 2nds 3 Wisbech Ladies 3
Wisbech travelled on the back of a very poor result and performance against North Norfolk, and started the game with twin centre halves and a flat back three.
The new system and a hearty team talk saw Wisbech come flying out of the blocks. With the midfield now offering far more width the ball was moved efficiently, effectively and most importantly accurately round the pitch.
Captain Georgie Dunn began to find space, time and great passing, promoting dynamic running and excellent forward play by the girls up front. Continued pressure led to two very well worked and taken goals by the effervescent Jo Gomm.
Wisbech continued to dominate play, with the defence of Lorraine Parker, Nat Ward and Issy Oldershaw-Ellis holding firm and moving the ball confidently to the midfield quartet. Katie Dunn and Amber Scott were hanging wide and making many fine runs and exquisite passes around the pitch.
The final 10 minutes of the first half saw tactical changes being made and Wisbech’s concentration was broken and Peterborough scored a soft goal. Wisbech began to lose their grip from here on in the match and Peterborough began to dominate.
The second half started in similar vein, with Wisbech’s dominance replaced by poor passing, marking and awful decision making.
Peterborough’s pressure increased and midway through the second half they scored two quick goals created by their excellent right midfield.
With the advantage lost and losing 3-2, Wisbech finally reverted to the winning formulae of the first half and pushed for an equalising goal. After several short corners, Gomm and Issy combined superbly in the D for Issy to slot home the all important and deserved equalising goal.
Wisbech pushed for the winning goal but were thwarted by a few outstanding saves from the Peterborough keeper. A much-deserved draw, but it’s two points lost rather than one point won.
The team needs to take this new system forward to the next game and play with the same confidence that they showed in the first 20 minutes and last 10 minutes of this game. They must endeavour to keep focus, concentration and refuse to give the ball away cheaply, while always offering the player in possession options to pass to, particularly from free hits.
MoM: Jo Gomm.
Wisbech Ladies II 8 Horncastle II 3
Wisbech 2nds went into this with confidence and determination against top the league Horncastle.
The home side soon found themselves 0-1 down after a lack of concentration in defence but were straight back at them through a strike from Emma Baker from a short corner. Horncastle replied with another easy goal but Wisbech moved the ball around the back from one side to the other, a cross from Baker finding Lucy Prior to slot home 2-2 at half time.
The second half Wisbech showed Horncastle how good the home side were, which led to Sam Pritchard getting her hat-trick with some good finishing.
Some great work on the right from Baker found Lou Sandall to slot home. In a goal mouth scramble Sue Robinson managed to get on the end of a loose ball and a well worked short corner with a one-two saw Sandall getting her brace.
Horncastle never gave up and managed to get another one back from a break away.
Well deserved PoM: Oliwia Bowlka with some great work down the middle and good assists, gaining confidence and improving with every game.
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 5 Cambs South 5ths 0
Wisbech were off the mark quickly, Olivia Jackson scoring her first senior ladies’ goal within the first few minutes.
The team continued to dominate the play and Bobbi Muscat scrambled home her first senior goal shortly afterwards. This was followed by an Alana Pritchard goal from open play.
Wisbech went into the head wind in the second half, some breaks by the opposition were scuppered by player of the match goalie Helen Pentelow who kept a clean sheet. The scoring was completed by a Nikki Greville strike that Muscat ensured made it over the line.
PoM: Helen Pentelow.
• Thank you to Wisbech Grammar School and Neale-Wade (March) for accommodating home matches; and to all umpires, volunteers providing teas and the great pitchside support for braving the weather.
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