Wisbech Men's hockey 1sts fade after early Markillie finish against East London
Wisbech Men's 1sts 1 East London 3
Already feeling like a must win game, with an almost full squad to choose from Wisbech felt like they could really attack and play with high intensity on Saturday.
This high pressure start paid off as Wisbech constantly won the ball high up the field and took the lead through an excellent Sam Markillie finish.
As the half wore on, though, errors began to creep in and Wisbech started to give the ball away quite regularly.
Without secure possession East London began to get into the game and went into the half time break 2-1 up.
The men in red knew that the next goal was vital, but unfortunately it went the way of the visitors. With a mountain to climb Wisbech piled on the pressure, with the last 20 minutes being played almost exclusively on the opposition half, but chances came and went.
Bourne Deeping 3rds 3 Wisbech Men's 2nds 2
Wisbech travelled with a squad of 14 and started strongly, taking the lead from a Kieran Hallatt strike which took a deflection off a defender's stick into the top left corner of the goal in the first short corner of the game.
With the score 1-0 at half time, Wisbech continued to make going hard for the hosts and made numerous chances to increase their lead with Joe Else, Elliot Peck and Calvin Bishop all going close.
Half way through the second half Bourne Deeping were fortunate to equalise through a scrappy short corner. They added a well worked 2nd goal in open play to take the lead. Wisbech fought tirelessly to earn more short corners and equalised through a textbook effort at the near post from Man of the Match Matt Pooley with just 3 minutes left.
Wisbech were caught on the break with just two minutes left.
Next week Wisbech are at home to Cambridge City 5ths.
Wisbech Men's 3rd 2 Bourne Deeping 4’s 0
Wisbech dominated this fixture from the beginning with good passing hockey.
This was a hard fought contest which Wisbech coped with well.
Goals from Paul Mercer and Howard Atkins took the points the whole team can be proud of their performance.
MoM: Mike Lawrence.
Wisbech Ladies 2 Norwich Dragons 4
Wisbech started under pressure but were able to soak it up.
As the game went on Wisbech became more settled and created several half chances to even up the possession. Towards the end of the first half Norwich scored quick goals to go into half-time 2-0 up.
The second half started similar to the first half and Wisbech were soon 4-0 down. Once again Wisbech then started to play some attacking hockey and created several chances and were rewarded with a short corner which Laura Overland scored with a well worked routine. Soon after Joey Gomm added a second with a quick break from defence.
Wisbech dominated possession in the latter stages. Next weekend they hope to improve on their performance against top of the table Cambridge City.
Wisbech Ladies 3’s 4 St Neots 4’s 0
Wisbech started well with some good passing in midfield but were unable to find the back of the net.
Early in the first half the ladies were disappointed that their deflected short corner was disallowed. This motivated the team to score from open play and within a few minutes Sue “Swampy" Robinson found the back of the net.
Good link up play in midfield early in the second half saw Izzy Gowler slot home from a rebound and this was shortly followed by a penalty stroke that was saved by the opposition GK.
Wisbech continued dominant and the third came shortly after with a shot on goal by skipper Nancy Davies that went through the goalies legs with Oliwia Bolka making sure on the line that the ball was only hitting the backboards.
The fourth came from a well worked short corner routine that Sue “Swampy” Robinson fired into the back of the net.
PoM: Izzy Gowler with an overall good team performance.
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