Wisbech 4, Harpenden 2
Wisbech won the game with two goals in the final three minutes after having their lead cut twice by a dogged Harpenden side.
Wisbech started well and created some early chances which they squandered with hurried attempts at goal. Harpenden began to have a greater influence on proceedings and while under pressure Wisbech broke away to open the scoring. Drew Harvey played a sumptuous ball 50 yards into the path of Brad Apted’s run and he tricked the keeper with a bit of classy stickwork and rolled the ball into the empty goal.
Wisbech’s performance level dropped after the goal. Harpenden continued to pressurise and got a deserved equaliser from a well worked short corner routine.
Wisbech rallied at the start of the second half and took the lead again from a well rehearsed short corner, Harvey sweeping the ball in.
Both teams saw a player receive a yellow card but they played out the suspensions without drama. Then the last five minutes saw the game explode with excitement. Harpenden got the equaliser. |
Inspired by Tom Jupp’s war cry, Wisbech won the ball deep in their half and another superb Harvey pass found the pacy Aaron Cobb. He ran forward and released Apted who again wrong footed the keeper for a carbon copy of his first goal.
As the game restarted the umpires signalled two minutes were remaining. Again Harpenden pressed. Again Wisbech cleared. This time the ball fell to Dan Martell who carried it upfield before passing to Apted. For the third time all that stood between Apted and the goal was the Harpenden goalkeeper. The result was an Apted hat-trick and a Wisbech victory.
On Saturday Wisbech visit Harleston Magpies II (2.15)
Wisbech 2nds 6,
Camb City 4ths 4
Wisbech started the scoring with Tom Peggs putting away a reverse-stick strike and Phil Norman soon adding a second.
However, just as Wisbech looked to be taking control, Cambridge scored twice to level the scores.
Sam Dunn put Wisbech back in front with his second strike at a penalty corner, but the first half ended 3-3 as Cambridge hit back with another goal.
Wisbech were rocked when Cambridge opened the scoring in the second half, but the team pulled together to win 6-4. Lee Peck scoring from open play before Gary Freear and Sam Dunn both scored from penalty corners.
Next game is the massive inter-club clash – Wisbech 3rds v Wisbech 2nds at 4pm.
Cambridge South 1sts 3, Wisbech 3rds 0
The first half of the game was very even with several chances at either end. South got a break away goal 20 minutes in, runners from midfield overloaded the Wisbech defence and the South player hit the ball in powerfully.
Richard Claxton and Adam Thomas had several good chances from open play and Dom Stannard from short corners but found the South keeper in good form.
In the second half Wisbech tried to press for a equaliser but got beaten on the break again and a late short corner made it 3-0. Claxton had a further good chance but Wisbech failed to get on the score sheet. Danny Emmington was man of the match for a great performance at the back.