Improvement fails to halt losing run

Brad Apted in action for the England over 40's''PLEASE BYLINE David Robertson DO NOT USE UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO AF
Brad Apted in action for the England over 40's''PLEASE BYLINE David Robertson DO NOT USE UNTIL YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO AF

Wisbech Town 1st 2,

Cambridge 2nds 5

Wisbech suffered their fourth successive defeat at the hands of a well drilled Cambridge outfit, despite playing their best hockey for a few weeks.

The home side always seemed to be chasing the game however and the students enjoyed most of the possession for the duration of the game. They went 2-0 up in the first half with some quick passing hockey that opened up the Wisbech back line and took this scoreline into the break.

Wisbech came out fighting in the second half and pressed hard. A raking ball into the D by Joe Melton was pounced on by Brad Apted, who finished coolly into the bottom corner to make it 2-1. Moments later, Gary Freear capped a good performance with the equaliser with 10 minutes to play.

Controversy then struck the home side when University scored from a hit that looked to have been taken from inside the five metre line, but the goal stood. The home side were then left fuming after having a Gav Johnstone goal ruled out themselves moments earlier.

Ed Batt then dumped the ball onto a Uni foot in the middle of the field only to see play waved on and they scored from the resulting counter attack to make it 4-2. A fifth goal was added with the scoreline very much flattering the visitors.

A stand out performance by Ashley Welland was the silver lining on this disappointing cloud. Wisbech travel to Hertfordshire outfit Letchworth this weekend and also welcome back Sam Markillie and captain Jonathan Shippey from injury.

Ely City 2nds 2,

Wisbech 2nds 4

Wisbech completed the first half of the league fixtures with a hard fought away win.

Sam Dunn put Wisbech ahead only for Ely to equalise soon after. Hugo Atkins restored Wisbech’s lead, assisted by a defence splitting pass from stand-in sweeper Ryan Parker. However, Ely fought back and Wisbech were fortunate to reach half-time 2-1 in front.

Atkins was on hand to score again, this time set up by Jason Esser intercepting an Ely pass, driving into the circle and striking for goal. Wisbech needed the two goal cushion. Ely pulled a goal back and Wisbech looked shaky.

Unfortunately Lee Peck wasn’t able to convert a chance created from a passing move involving Mark Littlechild, Esser and Atkins. Then Ely missed an open goal. It was the slice of luck Wisbech needed, instead of 3-3, Dunn nicked another goal to make the score 4-2 and clinch a less than convincing victory.

On Saturday Wisbech play Cambridge South 2 away at 2pm.

Wisbech 3rds 6, Alford 1st 3

Wisbech had a comfortable win over mid table Alford after some delightful passing and possession. Goals came from Dominic Stannard 2, Joe Brownlow 2, Mark Laws and Richard Claxton.

Wisbech 4ths 4,

Bourne/Deeping 4ths 2

Wisbech entertained a strong Bourne side packed with experience but thanks to determination to win the 50-50 balls in the rain, they had the majority of possession and managed to score enough goals for victory.