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Wisbech Town Hockey Club sides had a mixed bag of results, with a Sam Markillie hat-trick inspiring the men's first team

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Wisbech Town Hockey Club Mens 1st XI picked up their second win in as many games as a Sam Markillie hat-trick helping them to a 6-2 victory against Bourne-Deeping at Harecroft Road.

Markillie scored all three during the first half, with Fred Whatling and Dom Stannard also on target for Wisbech before Jason Esser rounded off the win late in the game.

“It was an excellent performance,” captain Charlie Baxter said. “We played with intensity and ruthlessness; the passion in this team is there to see, and it’s great to see us sitting 4th in the Division 1 (North) table following the win.”

The Ladies 1st team fared less well away at City of Peterborough 2nd XI. Despite a hard working effort from Wisbech, the hosts' organisation and experience saw them earn a 4-0 win.

Despite the loss, captain Jo Bland was pleased with her team’s effort, and highlighted the contribution of teenager Olivia Jackson, who was named Player of the Game: “This game showed how well Olivia has progressed; she’s come into the side recently and has shown great commitment, both in training and games, and in her determination to improve. She has a bright future ahead of her.”

Elsewhere, a much improved performance from the Mens 2nd XI saw them run out 5-0 winners against Peterborough’s 5th team. Pete Skitmore opened the scoring for Wisbech before forwards Tom Peggs and Josh Porter each bagged a brace in a lively performance, which saw the Wisbech side move to the top of Division 3 North West.

The Mens 3rd XI were narrowly defeated away at Kettering in a close fought affair. Despite some good build-up play from both teams, neither side was able to find the back of the net during a tense first half. Wisbech captain Brodie Ellis went closest when he narrowly shot wide from a short corner opportunity.

Kettering eventually broke the deadlock in the second half, after the hosts initial shot was deflected on to the post before trickling over the line. It proved decisive, as despite some late pressure from Wisbech the game finished 1-0 in favour of the hosts.

“It was a great effort on our part, we keep improving,” said captain Brodie Ellis after the game. “Our core group of young players - Brad Burton, Robin Middleton, Ross Gardner, Ollie Overland and goalkeeper Aiden Falkus - are showing exceptional effort and improvement week-on-week. They are a credit to themselves and the club.”

Goals from captain Brandon Ruff, John Lawrence, and Jon Boyall, combined with a strong performance from goalkeeper George Purell on debut, helped the Mens 4th XI secure a point away at Ely’s 3rd team, following a 3-3 draw.

The Ladies 2nd XI slipped to their first defeat of the season, suffering a 3-2 home defeat against Kettering Ladies’ second team. Emma Baker and Ana Norman were on target for Wisbech, with Amelia Garfoot also putting in a big performance to earn the Player of the Game award.

In Ladies Division 5 North West, Wisbech 3rd XI were beaten by league leaders Cambridge South 5, with the hosts recording a 7-0 win.

“It was a tough game against a very experienced Cambridge side,” skipper Rachael Bateman said following the game. “Tina Forder did an outstanding job, stepping in to play in goal, while Lily Cooper fully deserved her Player of the Game award for us.”

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