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Wisbech Hockey Club Men’s 1sts lose to late goal again vs West Herts in battle between two relegated sides

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Wisbech Men’s 1sts 3 West Herts 4

In a battle between the two relegated sides West Herts took the win with a minute left – for more late Wisbech heartbreak.

Wisbech started brightly and took a deserved lead from a flashing reverse stick strike from Jason Mallett. Herts came back strongly and equalised after a deflected pass ran straight into the path of the on-rushing attacker.

HOCKEY - Bury Men v Wisbech Town in recent action. PICTURE: Mecha Morton
HOCKEY - Bury Men v Wisbech Town in recent action. PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Wisbech kept their intensity high and continued to turnover possession. They retook the lead thanks to Danny Haynes’ quick thinking in the D and were soon 3-1 up following a Jonathon Shippey penalty stroke. The defence held firm and took the scoreline into half-time.

The men in red came out strongly again and had a string of chances but couldn’t extend their lead. West Herts kept threatening and made it 3-2 with 15 minutes to go with a reverse stick strike into the top corner and they smelt blood. With five minutes left they equalised from a short corner, despite Paul Lawrence being impeded as he tried to get to the ball.

Wisbech Men’s 4’s 0 St Ives 4’s 3

It was end to end from push back, both sides quick on the break, and father and son duo Chris and Robin Middleton were causing havoc on the right.

Wisbech defended several short corners until St Ives finally scored from a set piece. Brandon Ruff and Jonathan Garwell both came close to scoring an equaliser but an on form keeper kept them at bay. Ten minutes from half time St Ives added a second with an unstoppable strike into the top corner.

The second half was a similar tale both side having some good chances but it was St Ives who finished the day’s scoring with a scrappy third.

Once again Wisbech played some great hockey but came up against a very good side.

MoM: Fin Murdoch.

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