Cambridge University 2nds 3,
Wisbech Town 1st 2
Wisbech suffered an agonising defeat after coming back from two goals behind against a young and competitive Cambridge University.
University took an early lead from a low short corner which found its way in off the inside of the post. It was soon two as University took advantage of Wisbech’s disorganisation after a substitution.
Despite the two-goal deficit, Wisbech were playing well and were confident they could get themselves back in the game. They did so midway through the second half when Brad Apted found the corner of the goal at a short corner.
At times Wisbech played some breathtaking hockey and one such move saw them equalise. After sweeping the length of the pitch the ball arrived with Joe Melton on the right. His powerful cross was converted by Apted and it now looked as if Wisbech would be the likely victors.
The winning goal was cruel on Wisbech. University played the ball into the circle. Matt Levanda intercepted it but it deflected to an unmarked University player who could not miss. Wisbech fought hard for an equaliser but it was not to be. Man of the match Dan Martell
On Saturday Wisbech host runaway league leaders Dereham (2.30)
Wisbech 2nds 2, St Ives 2nds 2
Wisbech started brightly and should have had this game won in the first 20 minutes. Time after time the Wisbech forwards were thwarted by miraculous last ditch saves from the St Ives defence.
Eventually the pressure told when Phil Norman swept in a Sam Dunn strike from a penalty corner. However, Wisbech were unable to build on this lead as St Ives came back strongly for the final 15 minutes of the first half.
The second half began badly with Wisbech conceding a soft goal.The situation went from bad to worse when St Ives took the lead with a penalty flick.
Wisbech battled back and were rewarded with an equalising goal with Ryan Parker setting up Alex Jones to slot home.
Wisbech host fellow relegation contenders Horncastle at 11.30am on Saturday
Cambs City 4ths 4, Wisbech 3rds 0
Wisbech struggled to get going in the first half with very little going right. City took advantage and went 3-0 up by half time, each goal was down to a defensive mistake.
After a stern talking to at half time Wisbech came out and performed with a lot more skill and control, creating several very good chances, but had no luck.
In the last couple of the minutes Sam Portham received a yellow card and Cambs scored a fourthth. Paul Jackson received man of the match.
Wisbech 4th 2, Horncastle 1st 5
Wisbech played the league leaders without many of their regular players, but everyone stepped up to the mark and battled hard throughout the game.
This did not prevent Horncastle scoring two goals within the first four minutes of the game. Following another goal from a deflected short corner which rifled into the top corner of the net Wisbech, were looking at at a heavy defeat.
Fortunately the Wisbech players fought back and with some good passing and hard work stemmed the flow and with a goal from Hugo Atkins, ended the half at 4-1 down.
The second half was a more even affair with Wisbech scoring a penalty flick courtesy of Atkins with only one goal in reply.
On Saturday they play St Neots (a) 3pm start.
Wisbech Town Ladies 2,
Harleston Magpies 2
Wisbech were trailing 1-0 at the break but the second half was more entertaining as they Wisbech were able to get themselves back into the game.
Sure determination gave Wisbech the first break and hard work from Clare Apted saw her shot grasped on the line by Jane Peggs. Now level the home team were feeling more confident and a second was scored by Jane Peggs following a penalty corner.
Now in the lead Wisbech needed to hold strong but the young Harleston Magpies kept battling and they levelled the game. Wisbech just lacked the final touch, however they still remain unbeaten.