Wisbech Hockey Club Men's 1sts in 10-goal thriller with Bishop's Stortford
Wisbech Men 4 Bishop's Stortford 6
The men’s first team went into their first game of the season full of confidence after a solid pre season.
Despite a significant number of players unavailable the squad started to impose themselves on the game and took an early lead through Gary Freear who struck into the bottom corner from the top of the D.
In an ongoing theme of the day, the goals came in clusters, as Bishop's Stortford replied very quickly and took the lead shortly afterwards. But Wisbech weren’t downhearted, and Freear again scored to leave things level at half time.
The chat at the break was about maintaining possession and not giving the ball away in bad areas, but some lessons weren’t learned. Despite this, Wisbech regained the lead thanks to a Ben Tarratt reverse stick effort from the top of the D. However, following on with the theme of the day Stortford replied immediately and went 4-3 up. A goal from a Sam Markillie short corner deflection made it 4-4, but with bodies tiring in the heat Wisbech wilted and allow Stortford to take the spoils with 2 more goals to leave the final score 6-4.
Plenty of positives to take from the game, but with four goals conceded from short corners it is certainly something that the squad will look to improve on for next week as they head to Bedford to try and gain their first points of the season.
Wisbech Men's 2nd team 0 Wellingborough 7
It was a hot day to start the season and within the first ten minutes Wellingborough showed that they were hungry for a goal and were able to sneak two past GK Bill ‘Wom’ Garner.
Ollie Mitchell made their defence work hard against his attacks, along with support from Josh Porter and Josh Bell.
Calvin Bishop and Elliot Peck worked hard in midfield trying to switch the play. However, Wellingborough were too quick and got a third goal before half time.
Ciaran Lowe showed his defensive skills. The final score does not reflect the effort that everyone put in.
MoM: Ciaran Lowe.
Men's 3rds 6v Ely City 3’s 0
A great start to the league with Wisbech dominating from start to finish.
Everyone contributed in a fine team performance.
Goal scorers: Lee Punter 2, Ryan Jackson, 2 Ryan Parker 1 and Mike Lawrence 1
MoM: Ryan Jackson.
Men's 4ths 4 Kettering 5’s 1
A surprise misunderstanding led to the Kettering keeper thinking it was a home game leaving them to play with 11 out field players.
Wisbech started strong playing some great hockey at times and soon found themselves 1-0 up from a Ollie Smithee goal.
Debutant Bradley Burton came off the bench and added a second goal with his first touch of the game, what an amazing start to his senior career. Finn Murdoch followed this winning the ball, weaving it around several players before slotting the ball home to make it 3-0 at half time.
Kettering came out stronger after the interval and the defence had to work hard keeping out several short corners. However, Kettering managed to find the back of the net.
Wisbech battled on and it was Brandon Ruff who pushed the ball into an open goal.
The game ended 4-1 a great result for the team.
Perhaps they should have scored more but today they looked like a team who knew how to play some great hockey...well done boys great start to the season.
Captain's MoM: Finn Murdoch, work rate and effort.
Wisbech Ladies 1st 2 Sudbury 1’s 4
After three pre-season friendlies, Wisbech were confident and were rewarded with an early goal, scored by Joanne Gomm. Sudbury however have gained a new player this year and three Wisbech mistakes quickly led to three Sudbury goals before the half time whistle.
With a change of formation and tactics, Wisbech raised their game and started playing the attacking hockey that they were capable of. After one more Sudbury goal, Ellie Padmore converted a Wisbech attack and the game finished 4-2. Credit must go to Izzy Pope who had an outstanding game for the second week in a row.
Wisbech face Peterborough next week at Harecroft Road.
Ladies 2nds 8 Spalding 3’s 0
First league game of the season and they came out very strong and confident putting pressure on the opposition from the start. The goals just kept piling in making it 6-0 at half time.
The second half Spalding came out stronger but Wisbech still put the pressure on them scoring 2 more goals.
Goal scorers,Lou Sandall, 3 Emma Baker 2, Ella Scott 2 and Oliwia Bolka 1. Goals coming from well worked short corner routines.
A very good start to the season from all the team working well together with some great quick movement of the ball.
PoM: Eva Miller, playing solidly in defence.
Newmarket 3’s 3 Wisbech ladies 3rds 0
Wisbech ladies 3rds opened their season with a 0-3 loss away.
The heat made it hard going, the first goal coming from a defensive mistake, leaving a player free to slot past the GK. The second goal came from a Newmarket break giving them a 2-0 lead at half time.
Second half the third goal came from Newmarket via a short corner. The Wisbech team were unable to capitalise on any of their chances against a good GK.
At the other end Helen Pentelow made some good saves.
PoM: Nicola Greville, hard work in midfield.
Next week: home against Cambridge South 4s.
Photos: ADAM FAIRBROTHER