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Wisbech’s first teams both picked up vital points in their bid to retain their places in the Men’s and Women’s Division 1 North for another season.

Hosting University of East Anglia, the Ladies saw a call for patience and composure from captain Jo Bland prior to the game, with a win set to put daylight between the Fenland side and the relegation zone.

The visitors defensive set up proved difficult to break down initially, leading to a somewhat disjointed start to the game before Vicky Herbert broke free for Wisbech, beating the UEA goalkeeper one-on-one.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418644)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418644)

Bland’s side doubled their lead before the break, with Amber Scott pouncing on a rebound opportunity.

The second half proved just as disjointed as the first, with a succession of minor infractions, as well as two green cards for the visitors. Despite the scrappy nature of game, Wisbech continued to seek opportunities to put the game to bed, and were awarded a short corner ten minutes from the end, which forward Jo Gomm capitalised on to make it 3-0 to Wisbech.

The result moved Wisbech four points clear of the relegation zone, with two games to play, starting with this weekend’s trip to mid-table St Neots.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418645)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418645)

–A Jamie Hallatt goal inside the first minute looked to have set the Men’s 1st XI on course to a valuable win away at Cambridge South.

Wisbech defended well following their early goal, and were unlucky not to score again before the break, when Player of the Game Josh Porter was denied by a superb stick save from the Cambridge goalkeeper.

Wisbech continued to defend with conviction, and press hard, during the second half, but the hosts did eventually equalise.

When Porter was brought down by the Cambridge keeper six minutes from time, Wisbech received a golden opportunity to move ahead, with Tom Jupp scoring the resulting penalty flick.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418646)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418646)

Despite Wisbech’s best efforts to hold on, Cambridge were awarded a short corner in the dying seconds of the game, with the hosts converting the opportunity to leave Wisbech dejected as they were forced to settle for a draw.

The result leaves Wisbech one point above the relegation zone with two games to play, starting with this weekend’s home clash with league leaders Spalding, before a trip to last placed Sudbury on March 26.

–The Men’s second team travelled to Ely in a top of the table clash, with Jonathan Shippey’s side looking to not only cement their position in second in the league, but also inflict a first defeat of the season on the hosts.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418647)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418647)

Wisbech made a strong start but fell behind when Ely converted a short corner opportunity. Shippey’s team were quick to respond however, with Tom Peggs getting Wisbech back on level terms, before Scott Welcher put them ahead shortly before the break.

Ely came out all guns blazing in the second half, scoring twice to make it 3-2, before wrapping things up with a fourth goal before the end. Wisbech remain in second place in the Division 3 North West table, but both Cambridge South and March Town hold two games in hand on Wisbech, who do not play this weekend.

–Wisbech Ladies 2nd faced the league leaders, travelling to a Newmarket side which had already secured the league title, having won all 19 of their previous games.

Wisbech worked hard, but found themselves 3-0 down at half time. Newmarket continued to put pressure on the Wisbech defence during the second half, and despite some great tackling from Ali Mason and captain Harriet Bateman, the hosts continued to pull away, claiming a 7-0 win.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418648)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418648)

The Ladies will look to bounce back this weekend when they host Shefford & Sandy (3.30pm).

–There was success for the Ladies 3rd XI away at Cambridge South 6th.

Wisbech took the lead through Lily Cooper, before Laura Dudley doubled the lead.

Player of the Game Penny Scott put in a strong performance in defence, ensuring the hosts were kept at bay, with Wisbech heading into this weekend hoping to secure back-to-back wins when they host last placed Kettering (10.30am).

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418649)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418649)

–Despite relegation having already been confirmed for the Men’s 3rd XI, Wisbech hoped to build on an encouraging performance from the previous week when they welcomed Cambridge South 5th to Harecroft Road.

The visitors took the lead from a short corner ten minutes into the first half, but Wisbech were quick to respond with a swift counter attack allowing team captain Brodie Ellis to score. In an even game, it was Cambridge that again took the lead, adding a third before half time, only for Will Davis to hit back for Wisbech.

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Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418650)

The second half continued to see the two sides trade chances, with Cambridge adding a decisive fourth goal, which saw them claim victory despite Davis adding his second goal of the game late on.

The third team takes on Bourne-Deeping on Wednesday (7.30pm), before hosting league winners Long Sutton on Saturday (noon).

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418651)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418651)

–The Men’s fourth team suffered their first defeat of 2022, despite a late rally at home to Peterborough.

The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but Wisbech continued to work hard and were rewarded with two goals during the final ten minutes to set up a tense finale, team captain Brandon Ruff netting his 19th goal of the season during the late flurry of action. Peterborough held on however, with Wisbech now looking to regroup away at Kettering on Saturday.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418652)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v UEA. (55418652)

–Long Sutton Men’s 1sts entertained Cambs Uni 3rds and scored early from a quick break turned into a shot that flew into the top corner from Baker, who soon made it 2-0.

Gary Hales made it three and, Baker sealed his hat-trick and Fyson scored the fifth, only for Cambs to pull one back before Baker netted his fourth and Sutton’s sixth. Baker made it 7-1 after the break, young midfielder East made it eight and Hales scored the ninth. Baker then made it a double hat-trick to make the final score 10-1.

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Long Sutton Men's 1sts (55420227)

–With three games left, champions-elect Long Sutton 2nds entertained a visiting youthful Ely side who travelled with 14 players.

As usual Baguley commanded the defence, ably assisted by Taylor and Hales. Clarke hardly broke sweat as he put in a flawless performance, and between the sticks, Sisson continued his improvement over the season. The young call-ups of Smith and Croxford worked hard and as usual the midfield general Fox was in good form.

Up front Will White, Batten and Hagan were very lively as Canham held up the play to form a pivot. As usual Ed White and Fraser Watt put in good performances to continue their fine form this season. A game played in excellent spirit ended up with a 9-1 victory for the home team. Player of the Match Hagan scored four and Ed White, Will White, Batten, Fox and Canham one each.

–Long Sutton Ladies 1sts fell to a 3-1 defeat, Amber Jones with the consolation goal.

–Long Sutton Ladies 2nds played March, losing 2-0.

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