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Wisbech Town Hockey Club sides made their return to league action over the weekend

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Wisbech Town HC sides had mixed fortunes across the opening weekend of the 2021/22 season.

The Mens 1st XI opened their Division 1 North campaign with a trip to Norwich to face UEA. Despite missing several key players, Wisbech gave a good account of themselves through the opening stages of the game before taking the lead early in the second half thanks to a close range finish from Sam Markillie.

The advantage was short lived however, with UEA scoring four straight goals as the Fenland side tired against a well drilled opposition that is likely to be near the top of the Division this year. Despite the defeat, team captain Charlie Baxter remained upbeat.

Wisbech 1st team in action.
Wisbech 1st team in action.

He said: "We showed great fight, and there were still plenty of positives to take from the game; particularly the performances of youngsters Ryan Jackson, and Player of the Game Jamie Hallatt.

"Our next game is at home against Cambridge City on Saturday (2:45PM), and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to really get our season under way with a big performance."

The Ladies 1st XI kicked off their campaign with a narrow defeat to Cambridge South. Player of the Game Izzy Pope and Izzy Gowler, who was returning from injury, both showed great creativity after falling behind, and Laura Overland found the back of the net with five minutes remaining to pull a goal back. They welcome Cambridge University 2nd XI to Harecroft Road this Saturday (1PM).

Elsewhere, four-goals from Sam Pritchard underpinned an emphatic 8-1 home win for the Ladies 2nd XI against Spalding. Captain Louise Sandall, Lucy Prior, Susan Robinson, and Kamarla Lawson also found the net for Wisbech, while debutant Lucy Ludlow picked up the Player of the Game award after impressing on the right flank. They travel to Bourne-Deeping on Saturday.

The Men’s 2nd XI also made a winning start to the new season, beating Cambridge South 5-2. Josh Porter and Tom Peggs both grabbed braces.

Captain Kevin Shippey described the win as “a very good, all round team performance”.

A 3-1 win away at Bourne-Deeping provided the perfect start to the season for the Men’s 3rd XI. Elliott Peck gave them the lead after great play between Robin Middleton and Oliver Overland.

Peck then completed his brace early in the second half. The 3rd XI will be hoping to make it two from two when they host St. Ives this Saturday (4:30PM).

The Ladies 3rd XI travelled to St. Neots, with Emilija Aleksandraviciute and Player of the Game Penny Scott both making their debuts for the club. Wisbech struggled to find their rhythm during the opening 35-minutes and fell behind, but a much improved second half saw them draw level when Olivia Jackson and Oliwia Bolka combined to set up Andrea Eggleton for the equaliser.

Despite numerous shots on goal, Wisbech could not find a second goal, and they eventually succumbed to a late defeat when the hosts scored in the dying moments of the game.

Nicola Greville’s side will be hoping to bounce back on Saturday, when they welcome local rivals March to Harecroft Road (11:30AM).The Mens 4th team, whose season opener against St. Neots was called off after the opposition failed to put a side together, travel to Cambridge Nomads to face their 4th XI.

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