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Spalding 2nds 7 Wisbech Men’s 3rd 0

Wisbech adopted a new system and for most of the match it worked.

Playing against a very good Spalding side, the Thirds were under the cosh for most of the game.

Ladies Hockey Spalding seconds v Wisbech seconds, Surfleet (4687220)
Ladies Hockey Spalding seconds v Wisbech seconds, Surfleet (4687220)

At half-time Wisbech were only down by two goals and competing in every area.

Unfortunately, with two players sent to the sin bin, home team Spalding over-ran the 3rds and finished runaway winners.

MoM: Mike Lawrence/Josh Bowers/Kevin Shippey.

St Ives 5’s 0 Wisbech Men’s 4ths 1

Wisbech travelled to St Ives hopeful of a result after a previous 0-0 match at home.

It was end-to-end stuff in the first half with Wisbech making some good chances. St Ives were just edging it in midfield but couldn’t get past a solid defence.

Half-time 0-0 and the game was there to be won.

Wisbech pulled a striker back into midfield and played with a lone striker.

This had an immediate effect and Brandon Ruff had a few good chances but luck wasn’t on his side.

The 4ths won a short corner pushed in by Ollie Mitchell and sweetly struck by Ciaran Lowe between the keeper and post man.

Wisbech 4ths were in uncharted waters: 1-0 up with 20 minutes to go.

This seemed to spur on St Ives, who once again tried to dominate midfield but couldn’t get past the Wisbech defence.

The midfield were having none of it and decided to go for a second goal with some great play and a few attempts on goal, but it was not to be.

The final whistle blew and that elusive win was theirs; thoroughly deserved in an amazing game from start to finish .

MoM: Nidge Lowe.

Other results, East Men’s Hockey League: Division 1 – Wisbech Town 1sts 1 Broxbourne 1sts 2; Division 2N – Long Sutton 1sts 2 Kettering 1sts 1; Division 3NW – March Town 1sts 2 Horncastle 1sts 1; Wisbech Town Men’s 2nds 0 Cambridge Uni 3rds 10; Division 5NW – March Town 2nds 0 Cambridge City 6ths 3; Division 6NW (N) – Long Sutton 3rds 1 Bourne Deeping 6ths 4.

Wisbech Ladies 1sts 2

Ipswich & East Suffolk 1

Wisbech needed to build on the success of the previous week with a fixture against a team with similar points, in a section where four teams will be relegated.

The ladies started the strongest and were 1-0 up within five minutes after a well-worked short corner in which Hannah Strickle slotted home the opener.

They continued to apply pressure and were rewarded with their second after nine minutes when Katie Dunn drove the ball down the right for Jane Peggs to finish calmly under pressure.

Wisbech then sat back and allowed IES to attack which resulted in them pulling one back by half-time.

The second half saw both teams create chances but Wisbech were able to hold on to a well-deserved win.

There were standout performances by Issy Oldershaw Ellis, Ellie Padmore and PoM Louisa Allen.

Wisbech now need to make it three wins out of three next weekend to improve on their fifth position in a tight league.

PoM: Louisa Allen.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds 0
Saffron Walden 1’s 17

Wisbech went into this game knowing full well the defeat was expected as Saffron Walden are two leagues below where they should be.

However, that didn’t stop the home side giving everything in this game.

The team put the effort in and played with enthusiasm and more confidence resulting in some attacking play at times.

PoM: Ali Mason.

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