Disciplined display maintains good form

Harleston Magpies 2nd 2, Wisbech 1st 4

Wisbech continued their good form with a comfortable win in an exciting end to end East Premier B game at Harleston.

It was very much against the run of play when Wisbech took the lead. They won their first short corner of the game and although the routine didn’t work as planned Wisbech did well to keep the ball alive and it found its way to Gavin Johnstone who finished from close range.

Wisbech started to take control and a second goal from Johnstone and a typical tenacious poacher’s effort from Sam Markille gave Wisbech a 3-0 advantage at the break.

Harleston saw two players get yellow cards in the first half and the return of the second suspended player gave them a lift and they pulled a goal back from a breakaway goal. They won the ball just outside the Harleston circle although Wisbech felt that the ball was won unfairly. This was a disciplined performance from Wisbech and instead of complaining they got on with the game and restored their advantage almost immediately when Markille was once again on hand to finish from a matter of inches.

Harleston scored again with a good individual goal and cheered on by an ever increasing crowd arriving for the following National League game they came looking to salvage a point. Wisbech stood firm though to take the three points.

Wisbech have an action packed weekend ahead. On Saturday they entertain Premier B leaders Ramgarhia (2.30) and on Sunday host Ashford in the quarter-finals of the HA Trophy (2pm).

Wisbech Town 2nds 0,

Bourne Deeping 1st 7

Wisbech suffered a humbling defeat to the league leaders.

The visitors controlled the match from start to finish and gave Wisbech a lesson in how to keep the ball. Wisbech’s task was made harder by Shaun Claxton receiving a yellow card for instinctively stopping the ball above shoulder height and Drew Harvey limping off injured and some poor individual performances.

Wisbech must learn from the experience and re-group for their next match away to St Ives 2 at 12.30pm on Saturday.

Colchester 6,

Wisbech Ladies 1st 0

Wisbech had beaten Colchester convincingly at home earlier in the season but the home side were set on revenge.

Despite some brave defending Wisbech found themselves 4-0 down at half time. The second half showed a different Wisbech team with some good attacking play and some fighting spirit.

At times Wisbech were unlucky not to get on the scoresheet. However Colchester took their chances when they were offered and they found the net twice in the second half. Player of the match was Jane Peggs.

Wisbech play two home games next weekend against Canterbury 2nd on Saturday and Ipswich II on Sunday.

Wisbech Ladies 2nd 3,

Camb Univ 3rds 3

Wisbech, fourth in the table, shared the points with the second-placed students.

Wisbech took the lead after a few minutes through Shelly Jones. The game really was end to end and the University broke to score two goals in quick succession and then added a third before half time.

Following a superb tackle by Georgie Woolmer at centre back, Gilly Dunn tipped the ball over the line to make it 2-3 at half-time.

Laura Overland equalised with a superbly struck shot in the second half, the right reward in a match where she never stopped running.

Wisbech could have stolen a win with the last play of the match. Overland made a precision upfield pass to Emily Wagstaff (pom) but the goalkeeper managed to keep the ball out of the goal.

Wisbech meet St Ives (away) this week.

Wisbech Ladies 3rd 2, Ely 3rds 0

Wisbech put some poor results behind them with this win.

Midway through the first half they took the lead through a short corner strike from Liz Manning. They continued to put pressure on with player of the match Connie Anker linking with Daisy Woolmer creating several chances.

The second goal came 20 minutes into the second half with Emily Brown getting on the end of a superb Woolmer cross. Wisbech dominated the possession throughout the game and never looked in danger of losing the match.