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Sam Markillie rescues late Wisbech Men hockey point vs Bedford 2nds from a short corner

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Wisbech Men 1 Bedford 2’s 1

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season Wisbech had been outplayed by their opposition, but fancied getting a result on a blustery day.

Bedford started brightly but Wisbech were tenacious in their efforts to win the ball without any ill-discipline. Will Smithee was called into action early and made a good save to deny from a short corner.

HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033164)
HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033164)

Bedford took the lead from a back post deflection and some loose marking. From that moment on Wisbech went up a gear and created chance after chance, but none would go in.

The second half started brightly, with man of the match Ben Tarratt and Charlie Baxter winning balls back and allowing Scott Welcher and Tom Jupp the opportunities to get forward regularly.

Then, against the run of play, Bedford made it two but after a lengthy discussion between umpires the goal was correctly disallowed for an infringement from an aerial pass.

Still chances came and went. But, with five minutes left, Wisbech won their only short corner of the game and Sam Markillie converted from a well worked move.

They pressed for the last minute winner but it wasn’t to be; however they have another precious point on the board and go to the Olympic Park next weekend with confidence high.

MoM: Ben Tarratt.

HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033167)
HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033167)

Kettering 3’s 1 Wisbech Men’s 2nds 0

Wisbech travelled to league leaders Kettering for what they knew would be one of the toughest games of the new year.

Throughout the first half possession was scrappy and passing looked rushed, despite this Wisbech held their own against a well drilled Kettering. Stand-in goalkeeper Calvin Bishop put in a stellar performance, making a hat full of saves in the first 35 minutes.

Wisbech came out for the second half a changed team. Strong performances from Josh Porter, Joe Else and Tyler Eggleton gave Wisbech the confidence they needed moving forward.

Wisbech found their short passing game which proved successful against the Kettering defence, culminating in a well worked open play goal from Josh Porter, only for the umpire to adjudicate that a crossing obstruction had occurred from 80 yards away, which led to the goal being disallowed, with Kettering racking up a multitude of cards.

Encouraged by the disallowed Wisbech goal, the home side bounced back to score from a scrappy short corner. Following a petulant outburst and yellow for Matt Pooley who had otherwise had a good game, Wisbech earned a short corner late in the game.

A clean strike from Osborn was well saved by the Kettering keeper to deny Wisbech the rightful point they deserved.

MoM: Joe Else & Calvin Bishop.

Wisbech Men’s 4ths 5 Ely C 3’s 0

Wisbech were hoping to get back into winning ways after six straight losses. All credit to Ely turning up to play with nine men.

What happened next was not a surprise.

Wisbech started strong and it wasn't long before Lee Punter found the back of the net to take the lead. Wisbech continued to attack time and time again and eventually Brodie Ellis added a second.

Ely struggled to get out of their half and Wisbech made it difficult for them but couldn't capitalise on their chances. Shortly before the break Lee Punter added his second to take it to 3-0 at half-time.

Second half started as the first ended Wisbech chances going astray. Jonathan Garwell added a fourth and soon after Brandon Ruff scored the fifth.

Ely can be thankful the game ended 5-0 as Wisbech dominated; it was a shame Ely couldn't field 11 players.

No MoM: too tight to call.

• Thank you to Wisbech Grammar School and Neale Wade (March) for accommodating all our home matches this weekend. Thanks also to all umpires, volunteers providing teas and the great pitch side support for braving the weather.

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