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Wisbech Men's 3rds top at Christmas; Ladies exit England Hockey Cup at hands of Norwich

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Wisbech Men's 3rds 1 Peterborough 6’s 0

In a crunch game with leaders playing host to second place, there was no quarter given.

Chances were few with the Wisbech dynamic defensive duo of Josh Shippey and Tyler Eggleton making tackle after tackle.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v City of Peterborough 2nds hockey action. (18040210)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v City of Peterborough 2nds hockey action. (18040210)

The deadlock was broken soon after half-time when Paul Mercer went on a mazy run before releasing to Elliot Peck who calmly rolled the ball into the net. With both of Wisbech subs broken-in, the resilient 11 kept the opposition at bay.

Olly Mitchell again put in a great display as did the whole team. They are top of the league at the Christmas break with 30 points.

MoM: The whole team.

Wisbech Ladies 1 Norwich City 7

Wisbech first team came up against a side a league higher on Saturday in the England Hockey Cup Competition.

Players young and old stepped up to represent their Town. Lots to do in defence with goalkeeper Louisa Thompson who took player of the match! The average age of the defence was taken to a respectable level by Izzy Oldershaw Ellis and Annie Bennett who flourished showing maturity and control, distributing the ball well and coaching players around them.

The midfield were worked hard, Georgie Dunn, Beth Holmes, and Joanne Gomm were tested throughout the match. Ellie Padmore took on a new position and was never intimidated by the opposition defending short corner after short corner.

Amber Scott and Olivia Bolka would have liked to have seen more of the play and found themselves having to track back to get involved in play putting in some cracking challenges.

A great set up for the Wisbech goal by Ali Mason making a super run on the left and finding the ever tenacious Jane Peggs to slot it home!

A big thanks to the two umpires and Ian Scott managing substitutions!

PoM: Louisa Thompson.

Wisbech Ladies III 4 Newmarket 3rds 2

Christmas came early for the Ladies 3s with a win over second in the league Newmarket.

They started strongly, with mum Sam Pritchard passing to daughter Alana to slot in the first goal. Some good link up play across the whole team saw vice captain Nicola Greville find the back of the net. This was followed by a solo effort starting at the halfway line from Alana Pritchard to score her second goal.

Second half saw Newmarket catch the Wisbech defence off guard and they scored quickly, this was closely followed for their second goal.

Despite pressure from Newmarket, Wisbech held their nerve and were rewarded with a goal from skipper Nancy Davies who scored from a well worked short corner routine.

PoM: Carmen Victoria – who was solid in defence and made some key tackles in midfield.

Many thanks to all umpires, volunteers and supporters so far this year. Everyone has worked incredibly hard to ensure all the fixtures have been met.

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