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Wisbech Mixed 4 Blueharts Mixed 0

Wisbech hosted round 3 of the national mixed tier 2 championship with dominant possession but lacked the final touch to take the lead.

Midway through the first half Lee Punter attacked the D with a solo effort and put Wisbech 1-0 up.

Wisbech Town mixed team are through to the last 16 of England Hockey Mixed. Back, from left: Danny Haynes, Jason Mallett, Jason Esser, Bill “Wom” Garner, Jamie Hallatt, Issy Oldershaw-Ellis, Laura Overland (Coach).Front: Jo Gomm, Katie Dunn, Georgie Dunn, Annie Bennett, Ellie Padmore, Sam Markillie, Lee Punter. (30706836)
Wisbech Town mixed team are through to the last 16 of England Hockey Mixed. Back, from left: Danny Haynes, Jason Mallett, Jason Esser, Bill “Wom” Garner, Jamie Hallatt, Issy Oldershaw-Ellis, Laura Overland (Coach).Front: Jo Gomm, Katie Dunn, Georgie Dunn, Annie Bennett, Ellie Padmore, Sam Markillie, Lee Punter. (30706836)

Shortly after Jason Mallett added Wisbech’s second with a reverse under cut to see the ball fly past the keeper’s head. Wisbech’s continued pressure led to their third with a calmly executed goal by Joey Gomm.

They went into half-time with a deserved 3-0 cushion, but the second half was much slower and chances were missed until Danny Haynes smashed the ball in from the top of the D to set up a tie against Harleston Magpies in the last 16 on March 22.

Wisbech Men’s 3’s 5 Bourne Deeping V 0

A blustery day saw Wisbech welcome back a trio of “semi-retired” vets.

A much-improved performance was needed to keep title hopes alive. Wisbech were slow to start.

The first short corner was drilled into the backboard by an on-form Eliott Peck.

After a pepped up half-time talk, a well-won short corner goal from Peck was the result of the relentless pressure.

Another goal from Peck to secure his hat-trick was followed by Fin Murdoch’s calm and collected debut goal for the 3rds. The final blow came from Jonathan Boyall on his return to hockey.

With previously top-of-the league Peterborough losing this weekend, Wisbech are firmly in the No.1 spot with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

MoM: jointly between Murdoch and Peck.

Wisbech Men’s 4’s 0 Cambs V 3

This was always going to be a tough game against one of the strongest teams in the league.

Due to a combination of illness and injury Wisbech started with only 10 players but put on a tremendous display.

The defence remained strong through Olly “Ozzy” Osbourne and Chris Middleton. It was only right at the end of the half that Cambridge took the lead.

Second half started in a much more attacking style for Wisbech but Cambridge scored two more goals on the break.

MoM: Robin Middleton.

Wisbech Ladies 2 Ipswich and East Suffolk 3

Wisbech ladies lost to their opposition on Saturday, one player ending the match saying they couldn’t believe they had managed a win against Wisbech.

Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540364)
Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540364)

A small squad gelled in spells not seen often enough this season but should give the ladies a lift for their next must-win matches.

Everyone played their part and Wisbech, having come back to lead, were really disappointed to let this one slip through their fingers. Next Saturday sees Wisbech face St Ives looking to bring home three crucial points.

Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540366)
Wisbech Town v Ipswich-East Suffolk Hockey action... (30540366)

Wisbech Ladies 3’s 0

Newmarket 4’s 4

Newmarket caught the team off guard, scoring two goals in the first 10 minutes.

After some reorganisation in defence, Wisbech managed to stem the flow until half-time.

The second half started positively. Unfortunately 10 minutes into the second half, Bobbi Muscat suffered a painful knee injury which resulted in a considerable delay whilst she received treatment.

Down to 10 players, Wisbech kept Newmarket at bay until the last 10 minutes.

Player of the match: Lisa Jackson.

Many thanks to all umpires, volunteers providing teas and pitch side support.



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