Men's hockey: Wisbech heads don't drop despite Bishop's Stortford loss while Calvin Bishop hits first hat-trick for 2nds vs Wellingborough
Wisbech Men's 1sts 0 Bishop's Stortford 3
It has been a very difficult first half of the season for Wisbech but they have not let their heads drop.
They started the game brightly and created a number of chances but couldn’t convert and they found a goalkeeper in fine form.
The game carried on in a very competitive but fair spirit and it looked like the first half would end goalless but Stortford took the lead after a scramble in the D. The mood was positive at half-time and Wisbech felt that the next goal would be theirs.
Second half and they continued to press and force the opposition's goalkeeper into a number of fine saves, notably from debutant Ben Shore, Sam Markillie and Jamie Hallett.
As they pushed and pushed for the equaliser the game became more open which made for a very entertaining affair for the neutral.
With five minutes to go Stortford converted a short corner to jubilant scenes, before converting a third with 30 seconds left. The spirit and determination showed by the squad left the players feeling positive and they will go into their final game of the year with renewed hope and confidence.
Wisbech Men's 2nds 6 Wellingborough 1
Wisbech wish it could be Christmas every day as Calvin Bishop's first-ever hat-trick was a significant element of the win against second in the league Wellingborough 1sts.
Once again starting with a consistent squad proved to be the key to success, as the whole team worked as a unit to be 3-0 leaders after 16 minutes.
Bishop put the 'reds' in front after four minutes with a cracker of a strike and followed it up with his second just three minutes later. Lee Punter slotted home at 16 minutes which proved to be the spark Wellingborough needed to reply at 26 minutes.
Valuable feedback from sidelined Dom Stannard after surgery on a sports injury, was the reset needed for the second half. Joe Else was wrapping the Boro defence in knots down the left, providing some great balls into the D. With the reds playing their best passing game of the season thus far, at 38 minutes Matt Pooley finished in style from a short corner.
Wellingborough fought back with several counter attacks but were thwarted by a solid defence and keeper. Bishop sealed his hat trick at 52 minutes with Josh Porter sending a despondent Wellingborough, driving home for Christmas with the sixth goal at 59 minutes.
MoM: Calvin Bishop.
After the match, both sides were treated to an amazing Christmas dinner, with all the trimmings, from club ladies Stephanie Garner and Sharon Hallatt, who were rewarded with gifts of wine, rapturous applause and sincere thanks from both captains.
Wisbech go into the seasonal break sitting fifth in the league. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Capt Nick Osbourne and all the players.
Wisbech Men's 3rds 8 Ely City 2nds 2
Another great all round performance.
Goals from Elliot Peck 4, Mike Lawrence, Josh Bowers 2 and an absolute 'worldy' from Nick Eggleton sealed the points for a rampant Wisbech 3rds.
Everybody played well but MoM goes to Olly Mitchell who did everything apart from score.
Wisbech 3rds sit top of the league with one game left before the Christmas break.
Wisbech Men's 4ths 0 Kettering 5ths 3
Wisbech were looking for their first win in five games.
The first half was a 50-50 affair both teams creating chances but not finding a finish. It wasn't until the second half that the deadlock was broken.
Kettering then added a second and with a dubious third goal being allowed after a tomahawk of a stick tackle on Nidge Lowe, resulted in his stick breaking in two on his next clearance.
Wisbech did win a penalty flick but wasn't scored.
MoM: Nidge Lowe.