Surprise defeat for mixed team

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Wisbech 9, Colchester 1

Wisbech ended their East Premier B campaign on a high with a rout against lowly Colchester to finish in fourth place.

Sam Blunt bagged two trademark reverse stick goals to give Wisbech an early lead before Brad Apted popped up for a close range finish. The sides exchanged penalty stroke goals, Joe Melton grabbing Wisbech’s to leave the half time score 4-1.

Wisbech dominated the second half and could have scored many more than the five they did. Blunt completed his reverse hat-trick, two goals from Dan Martell and one each from Gavin Johnstone and Sam Markille gave the scoreline a deservedly emphatic look.

Wisbech 1, Norwich City 2 (golden goal)

Last year’s runners-up Wisbech were agonisingly knocked out of the Mixed Plate competition by a golden goal with just minutes remaining.

It had been a pulsating game with both goalkeepers keeping their sides in the game. Dan Martell opened the scoring midway through the first half but this was soon cancelled out.

There were no goals in the second half or the first half of extra time but plenty of chances. Norwich won it from a short corner which was going wide until it deflected off a Wisbech defender’s foot.

Cambridge City 4th 0,

Wisbech Town 2nds 4

Wisbech finished the season on a high with an excellent team performance and a clean sheet for goalkeeper Tom Peggs.

From the start Wisbech looked dangerous with Lee Peck, Sam Dunn, Howard Atkins and Hugo Atkins combining well in attack. Dunn opened the scoring with a direct shot from a penalty corner.

Cambridge were unable to find a way through a defence marshalled by central pairing Ryan Parker and Shaun Claxton. Dunn was fortunate to score Wisbech’s second goal after stopping mid-dribble to appeal for a penalty corner.

In the second half, Dunn set up Ben Tarratt to score from a penalty corner and Dunn grabbed his third goal after Atkins opted to pass after several attempts at shooting.

Woodhall Spa 2, Long Sutton Ladies 2nds 4

Lisa Baker scored twice and Louise Billingham narrowly missed out on a hat-trick after scoring two first half goals.

Jess Hudson, Rachel Gadsen and Mair Goodge were solid in defence in front of keeper Claire Billingham. Rhian was pom.

Skegness 7 Long Sutton 2nds 3

The ladies ended their season with a good 10-player man team performance against a strong Skegness side. Katie Ireland scored an early goal followed by a second half deflection by Hannah Greenacre. Ireland then struck again with a back-of-the-net shot.

Some hard hitting by the fast moving Skegness side was well defended despite the seven goals conceded with keeper Claire Billingham clearing the goal line on many occasions. Pom: Hannah Greenacre.