Jo Gomm hits Wisbech Ladies hockey treble but Men crash at City
Cambs City 3’s 6 Wisbech Men 1
It was a day to forget for the men in their fourth league game of the season as they were beaten convincingly by an organised Cambridge team on Saturday.
Wisbech had a brief spell where they were on top, which led to a well-taken goal from Gary Freear. However, a lack-lustre performance from the team saw them concede six goals.
Wisbech will have to regroup for next weekend's game against Cambridge South at Harecroft Road.
Wisbech Men's 2nds 0 Cambs City 5’s 2
Wisbech were full of confidence following a good performance the week before, but they started slowly, and conceded early on through a short corner.
Wisbech then conceded a flick after the greasy pitch saw Ciaran Lowe go flying in taking a player out. Bill Garner saved the flick, spurring Wisbech on. Numerous chances were created through the youngsters, Ryan Jackson and Joe Else. Cambs scored just before half time and gave Wisbech a mountain to climb.
Strong defending from Nick Osbourne and Lee Punter meant Wisbech could pile on the pressure in the second half, but just couldn't find the back of the net.
MoM: Bill Garner.
Wisbech Men's 3rds 5 Spalding 4’s 2
This was a top of the table clash that for the first 15 minutes looked like it was going Spalding's way.
Wisbech were two goals down after 10 minutes, but some very good hockey saw goals from Elliot Peck, Howard Atkins, Dom Garford, Tyler Eggleton and Mike Lawrence.
A very good team performance with everyone playing a part.
St Neots 3’s 0 Wisbech Men's 4ths 1
Wisbech 4th maintained their winning streak against the new boys relegated last season.
Centre back Fin Murdoch ran up the pitch, got round two players, and with a quick one-two to Brandon Ruff, calmly slotted the ball in the net, an amazing solo goal.
Second half and Wisbech continued to put pressure on but couldn't add to the tally. St Neots won late short corners all of which were kept out.
MoM: the team all played their hearts out.
Wisbech Ladies 4 Cambs City 3’s 2
With a clear focus on pressing high and attacking hockey, within the first 10 minutes Ellie Padmore made a quick break, pulling the defender and goalkeeper out of positions before slotting the ball across the goal, for Jo Gomm to secure the lead.
With 15 on the team sheet Wisbech had three more pairs of legs than Cambridge and it wasn't long before Isabel Pope carved out a visionary pass through to Gomm, who calmly slipped another past the keeper after a one on one.
Before the half time whistle Cambridge capitalised on some scrappy play and poor passing from Wisbech and the score was 2-1 going into the break.
After a motivational talk, Wisbech started the second half with more composure, keeping possession and playing simple hockey. With a reverse stick pass from Gomm across the top of the D to Laura Overland, a calmly taken first time slap was hammered into the backboard.
With Cambridge replying with a second goal, a fourth Wisbech goal was needed to secure the win. Laura Overland soon destroyed the Cambridge defence with a perfect pass through to Gomm on the forward line and with Amber Scott pulling the defender away, Gomm was able to bury the ball to claim a hat-trick.
Both Louisa Thompson and the defence have to be congratulated for ensuring all seven of the Cambridge short corners came to no avail. Thompson was player of the match for her countless saves. If Wisbech play like this every week, they are in for a good season.
PoM: Louisa Thompson.
Wisbech Ladies 2nds 5 Bourne Deeping II 0
Wisbech took control of this game from the first whistle.
Wisbech had all the play with all five goals coming in the first half with 2 from Emma Baker, Sam Pritchard 2 and Lucy Prior 1.
The second half Wisbech were determined to keep control of this game but could not convert.
Things to improve next week is to keep our composure in the second half and to play as a team letting the ball do the work in all areas of the pitch. However, another good win for the team.
PoM: Lucy Prior – playing in different positions for the whole game and working hard throughout.
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 5 Ely City III 1
Wisbech got off to a flying start, Nancy Davies scoring from a short corner in the first few minutes.
This was shortly followed by a goal from open play by Andrea Eggleton.
Second half saw Andrea Eggleton score from a Nicky Greville pass. Lisa Jackson scrambled the ball home after a NIcola Greville shot. Nancy Davies added another from a short corner. Ely kept their spirits up and manage to score a consolation goal.
Next week: home against Newmarket 4s.
PoM: Lisa Jackson.