Wisbech Men’s hockey 1sts edged out again: this time by third-placed Crostyx
Wisbech Men’s 1sts 1 Crostyx 2
Wisbech were pitted against third-placed Crostyx and came flying out of the blocks with a positive attitude.
For the entire first half spectators would have been forgiven for thinking that the men in red were the team higher in the league as they played fantastically at a very high intensity, only to be denied by the Crostyx goalkeeper, who played superbly.
Unfortunately Wisbech lost the in-form Scott Welcher due to a hamstring injury but they were rewarded with a goal, with youngster Ryan Jackson reacting quickest to a string of impressive saves to get his first Wisbech first team goal.
Both Danny Haynes and man of the match Charlie Baxter were tenacious with and without the ball, and the home side didn’t want the half-time whistle to come.
Soon after the restart the first moment of controversy got Crostyx back into the game. From a short corner the ball was stopped in front of the goal line but the opposition celebrated and it was enough to convince the umpire who awarded the goal much to the frustration of Baxter, who was very lucky to not receive a card.
The forward line of Tom Jupp, Ryan Jackson, Jamie Hallatt and Jason Mallett worked relentlessly but the basement side still found the keeper in their way.
With three minutes to go, as seems to be customary this season, the opposition stole the winner with a short corner goal.
This is the ninth game of the season that has ended either as a draw or been decided by a single goal, with Wisbech on the end of some rough luck. The players can be proud of their work and head to Potters Bar next weekend.
Man of the match: Charlie Baxter.
Peterborough 5ths 4 Wisbech Men’s 2nds 2
Wisbech travelled to third placed Peterborough looking to build off last week's result against Alford.
Unfortunately within five minutes Peterborough took the lead and both teams battled the rest of the half in an attempt to change the scoreline.
Despite Wisbech having seven short corners, however, Wisbech were not able to convert. Going into half time Wisbech believed there were points to play for in the game.
As the second half started the team were caught napping and Peterborough doubled their lead. Wisbech finally played to their potential and after gaining more short corners they were able to convert from a Josh Porter deflection at the far post.
Peterborough came back wanting revenge and scored a goal within open play to make it 3-1. Spurred on by the third goal Peterborough added a fourth from a short corner deflection.
Wisbech were determined to get back in the game and soon did from a Joe Melton strike from a short corner with five minutes left on the clock. This gave Wisbech the motivation they needed and worked tirelessly to gain a point, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be.
Man of Match: Joe Melton.
Wisbech Men’s 3rds 3 Kettering III 0
Storm Ciara showed no signs of what was to come on a glorious sunny Saturday.
Wisbech were sore and steely after their defeat to league leaders last week and determined to take the points from this game.
Straight from the pushback, the pressure was relentless, with the midfield and forwards linking well and creating early chances with many unsuccessful shots on goal.
Dom Stannard owned the middle of the pitch releasing the forwards time and time again, holding and releasing the ball under pressure. Eventually, the onslaught paid-off and a well worked play down the right saw Olly Mitchell drill the ball into the bottom left corner.
Another strong passage of play saw Paul Mercer get Wisbech’s second, having troubled the Kettering defence throughout the first half.
Kettering created some chances of their own on the counter as Wisbech pressed high, but the defence held strong with captain Kev Shippey between the uprights taking out several one-on-ones in style.
The second half went predictably as the first had gone, with many chances for the forwards from an excellent passing game through defence and midfield.
It was Elliot Peck who nailed down the result after a mazy run down the left from Paul Mercer who played the most unselfish pass of the match in front of goal for the tap-in.
Olly Mitchell was a machine throughout the game, mesmerising the defence with his nutmegs and tracking back to defend time and time again.
Result, 3-0 win and the rest of the season to work at getting that top spot back.
Man of Match: Olly Mitchell.
Wisbech Men’s 4ths 2
St Neots 2
St Neots started strong and a defensive error saw them 1-0 up within the first minute. Wisbech settled into the game and were soon controlling midfield, and saw several attempts on goal saved by a busy St Neots keeper.
Just on the stroke of half-time Jonathan Garwell levelled the score with a well worked goal.
Howard Atkins netted, but St Neots grabbed a late leveller.
• Action is from Wisbech Ladies 2nds v March.
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