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Wisbech Men’s 3rds lose to Long Sutton while Ladies beaten by Bedford

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Wisbech Men’s 1st 3 Old Southendians 4

Southend broke the deadlock early while Wisbech were still asleep.

However, they woke up, but could only score one goal during their period of good play, when captain Jason Mallett hit the ball into the ‘D’ and Gary Freear nicked the ball into the goal.

Ladies Hockey Spalding seconds v Wisbech seconds, Surfleet (4687218)
Ladies Hockey Spalding seconds v Wisbech seconds, Surfleet (4687218)

Soon after Southend scored two quick goals after some poor defending to take a 3-1 lead at half-time.

After the interval Wisbech’s defending was tight but one lapse in concentration led to them conceding the fourth. This kick-started Wisbech into gear and Danny Haynes rounded the keeper only to be taken out by him, denying him an easy chance to bring one back.

With the clock ticking down, Wisbech scored a second with a well-worked short corner deflected in by Haynes.

Jason Esser then missed an open goal, hitting the defender on the line.

A further short corner was awarded and Dom Stannard finally injected the ball to the correct player, the ball was slipped left and an Esser slap was deflected in by Daniel Martell.

During the final few minutes Wisbech could not carve out a chance to complete a comeback.

MoM: Charlie Baxter.

Wisbech Men’s 2nd 1
Peterborough 5’s 2

In the first half Wisbech steered into a strong position with well-worked build-up play which finished with a goal from Josh Porter.

The men continued to drive for another 10 minutes with some very close calls just wide of the post. Peterborough worked the ball into the D and scored. They then parked the bus for the last minutes of the half to seal the draw at the turning point of the game.

In the second half Peterborough came out much stronger, went up a gear as they had a lot more shots on goal which led to another two goals.

During the final 10 minutes Wisbech seemed to finally overtake some Peterborough players, leading them to consecutive short corners which sadly couldn’t find the target.

MoM: Ryan Jackson.

Wisbech Men’s 3rds 1 Long Sutton 4’s 4

Although Wisbech started the stronger, top of the table Sutton – the best side they had played all season – soon piled on the pressure and Wisbech went into half-time 3-0 down.

As much as Wisbech tried they could not get on top and a solitary goal from Tim Atkin was all they had to show.

MoM: Olly Mitchell.

Cambs Nomads 3’s 15
Wisbech Men’s 4th 0

Wisbech travelled to Coldham Common to take on top of the league Nomads.

It started well as they won the toss. Unfortunately, it was downhill quickly from there.

Half-time couldn’t come quickly enough and the score was a shocking 8-0.

Wisbech Ladies 1st 1
Bedford 2’s 6

Wisbech needed to improve on their defeat from last weekend.

Although Bedford scored two early goals Wisbech played some good hockey in the first half and managed to link up play seeing Ellie Cobb score. Bedford soon sharpened up and made it 3-1 at half time.

In the second half the ladies struggled to maintain play in the severe weather conditions which saw a numerous amount of chances fail to succeed. Wisbech tired, heads went down, and Bedford took control to win the game 6-1.

PoM: Katie Dunn.

Horncastle 3 Wisbech Ladies 2nd 0

Wisbech travelled with only 11 players. They started the game very positively but unfortunately gave away a short corner quite early on against a very physical, well skilled side.

There were some impressive saves made by goalkeeper Emily Thomas in both halves and Shelley Coleman remained strong after a questionable tackle resulting in an ankle injury. This meant the team managed with 10 players for a number of minutes.

In the second half they upped their game. There were some unusual calls from umpires which resulted in a green and yellow card for some of the team.

Carmen Hannibal had to come off after being hit very hard by the ball on the foot during a short corner.

Wisbech had short corner after short corner and it all came down to who was left on the pitch! However, they managed to keep Horncastle out until the end of the game. Despite the chaos the team kept together and played well.

PoM: Emily Thomas for some amazing saves.

Newmarket 3’s 2
Wisbech Ladies 3rd 0

The ladies travelled to Newmarket with just 11.

From pushback they started well by pressing the opposition and passing well through midfield. This continued throughout the first half and there was good attacking play from both forwards and midfield along with solid defending at the back. They were very unlucky to go into half-time without a goal.

Second half started much the same with excellent marking. Sadly, with 20 minutes left Newmarket capitalised on a rare opportunity. Wisbech were stunned and another goal came minutes after.

The ladies did not let their heads drop, but unfortunately were unable to find the back of the net.

PoM: Helen Pentelow for some super saves.

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