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Wisbech hockey ladies' Peterborough derby triumph while men lose at national leaguers Bedford

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Bedford 2nds 5 Wisbech Men 2

Wisbech took an almost full strength team to Bedford whose first team ply their trade in National League, so it was always going to be a difficult game.

Wisbech defended resolutely but found themselves 2-0 down fairly early on. Not to be disheartened they carried on working hard and sticking to their plan and a well taken goal from Daniel Martell after a free flowing move made the score 2-1 at the break.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v City of Peterborough 2nds hockey action. (18040355)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v City of Peterborough 2nds hockey action. (18040355)

Wisbech knew that the next goal was to be vital and it was they who scored it, thanks to a fantastic shot in the top corner on the half volley from Tom Jupp. Bedford seemed to be flustered and Wisbech sensed they had a chance and the momentum, however a change of game plan from Bedford and more reliance on their National League players from the week before took the game away from Wisbech.

Will Smithee made some excellent saves in goal and although Wisbech continued to create chances, Bedford proved to be too strong. It was agreed that Wisbech won’t face tougher opposition all season.

Next weekend they face East London, who are currently pointless after their first two games resulted in defeat.

MoM: Will Smithee.

Men's 2nds 0 Kettering 2’s 0

Wisbech Men's 2nd XI started strongly against a vigorous Kettering side and attacked from the first whistle.

Matt Pooley controlled the midfield and was ably assisted by Josh Porter whose effort and distribution made him man of the match.

Kettering had five short corners but failed to convert any of them thanks to poor execution and solid defending by Jordan Trundle and Ciaran Lowe. Kieran Hallet was solid throughout and his aerial balls caused the Kettering defence all sorts of problems, eventually resulting in a short corner for Wisbech, but their shot was saved.

Kettering pushed hard towards to the end and created multiple chances but the draw was a fair result.

Men's 3rds 5 Louth 3’s 4

The score really does not reflect the game: Wisbech produced a very good performance only marred by a lapse in concentration at the end.

Wisbech played some lovely flowing hockey with the whole team performing well. Goals were by Josh Bower 3, Ryan Parker and Mike Lawrence, but in truth they could have scored many more.

Wisbech allowed Louth to score only because they were pressing so far forward and held on to what should have been a comfortable win.

MoM: Mark Littlechild.

Ely 3rds 1 Men's 4th 3

It was end to end stuff with neither defence giving an inch.

However, Wisbech struck first with a fine finish from Brandon Ruff before half-time.

It was an easy half-time talk asking for the same effort in the second half.

Ely came out of the blocks hard and were finally awarded a dubious short corner which they put away making it 1-1. Rather than drop their heads this had the opposite effect and Wisbech took on the challenge of looking for the win. Harry Milton picked up the ball just outside the D and beat three players and calmly pushed the ball past the keeper.

Wisbech were playing out of their skins and Ely struggled to cope. Brandon Ruff picked up the ball and ran towards the goal and what seemed an impossible angle managing to slot the ball in the corner of the goal. Game ended 3-1win in undoubtedly the 4ths best performance ever.

Despite Brandon Ruff s brace of goals, MoM: Fin Murdoch.

Wisbech Ladies 2 Peterborough 2nds 1

After a difficult opening game loss against Sudbury, Wisbech bagged a much-needed win at Harecroft Road.

Wisbech started off fairly confidently with lots of possession in the Peterborough defensive third, however, a number of chances were missed with a handful of short corners being won but no goals resulted.

The opening goal for Wisbech came from a short corner with Issy Oldershaw Ellis slotting home after the initial strike was blocked. Wisbech continued to press but their passing game didn’t quite get going.

For the second week running, a defensive error gave away possession to the opposition and the equaliser followed. With the game looking like it was going to end with a disappointing draw, Annie Bennett flicked the winner over the keeper after a great ball in from Ellie Padmore.

PoM: Issy Oldershaw Ellis.

Ladies 2nds 1 Horncastle 2’s 1

Wisbech had all the play making the ball do all the work with some good, quick passing.

This produced a well deserved goal and a free shot going out wide to Kate Penn, who crossed the ball for Lucy Prior to convert on her reverse stick.

Unfortunately Wisbech didn't make the most of their attacking play. Some very fine play on three-quarters of the pitch, but didn't make the most of it in the last quarter.

Second half and a Horncastle short corner was saved by Emily Thomas who had a great game in goal but the rebound was converted with a defensive error.

Wisbech went off the ball in the second half and didn't play their quick passing game which cost them the points.

PoM: Lucy Prior, outstanding performance and very well deserved.

Ladies 3rds 0 Cambs South 4’s 4

A warm up injury to Ellie Cobb meant a late change to the starting line up.

The initial defensive disruption allowed Cambridge South to take advantage, scoring two goals quickly from counter attacks, with their third just before half-time.

Wisbech settled in the second half but were unable to capitalise on their chances. Cambs scored their fourth midway through the second half.

Amelia Garfoot had a good game and Maya Middleton made her debut for the team and played well.

PoM: Nicola Greville for her continued hard work in midfield.

Next week: away, St Neots 4s.

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