Crostyx 6, Wisbech 3
Wisbech slumped to East Premier B defeat against Crostyx despite having the bulk of possession and territory.
They were far from clinical in front of goal and paid for it when Crostyx took the lead from their first short corner of the game. They doubled their lead with a breakaway goal before both sides were reduced to ten men after a clash between two players.
Wisbech’s hopes of a quick comeback were dashed when they conceded a very well worked goal within minutes of the restart.
Sam Markille provided a close range finish after good work from Brad Apted to pull a goal back but Crostyx struck immediately. Wisbech spent most of the second half with ten after a succession of players were shown yellow cards for a variety of indiscretions. Wisbech were feeling victimised as similar Crostyx behaviour went unpunished.
The sides traded goals again with Apted firing in a reverse stick shot from a short corner. Sam Blunt completed the scoring with the goal of the day, flicking the ball into the top corner from a short corner. Wisbech host Colchester this week (2.30)
Cambridge South 2nd 0, Wisbech Town 2nd 4
Wisbech took control from the start with a series of penalty corners, which culminated in Gary Freear scoring with a strike from the top of the circle.
Cambs South rallied, but substitute Hugo Atkins came on to immediate effect, starting off an attack in the Wisbech half and finishing the move by diving in at the far post to make the score 2-0.
The second half was more even, Cambs South pushing hard to get back into the game, but were unable to find a way past Wisbech centre back Ryan Parker and goalkeeper Tom Peggs. Freear scored his second goal of the game to make it 3-0 after an excellent passing move down the right. Mark Littlechild then stole the ball and drove forward to set up Freear for his hat-trick to the delight of the travelling support.
On Saturday Wisbech face a tougher test at home to Spalding 1 at 11.30am.
Wisbech 3rd 2, St Ives 2nd 1
Wisbech won this key match as the relegation battle hots up.
The match was a feisty affair with the umpire soon giving green cards to keep the lid on things. It was Wisbech who took most advantage from the scrappy play with Howard Atkins getting the first goal for Wisbech following up on a rebound from the keeper’s pads. A second home goal came from Drew Harvey who made a welcome return to club hockey.
At 2-0 up at the break Wisbech should have been able to take control but St Ives pushed and took heart from a goal after some sustained pressure. Wisbech managed to hold on though and gained a vital three points. On Saturday it is Cambs South (a).
Wisbech 4th 1,
In a hard fought match new Wisbech goalkeeper Wom Garner (mom) had an outstanding game between the posts making first class saves against a very experienced side.
Wisbech started on the back foot spending most of the first half in their own half but the defence played well and kept the visitors at bay.
After the break Wisbech got their passing going and took control. A fine move led to Wisbech scoring a well taken goal with Roger Goode finishing off some smart team work.
A dubious short corner 10 minutes later led to an equaliser and the game remained at stalemate until the final whistle.
Wisbech Ladies 1st 2, Sevenoaks 2nds 2
Bottom of the table Wisbech gained a valuable point, but still look destined for relegation.
Natalie Ward and Clare Apted gave them a 2-1 lead, but they could not hold on for maximum points.