Wisbech get reality check after first loss

Hockey - Wisbech men (red) vs Alford
Hockey - Wisbech men (red) vs Alford
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Norwich 1st 4, Wisbech 1st 2

Wisbech suffered their first defeat of the season after seven wins with an unlucky 4-2 loss at East Anglian rivals Norwich on Saturday.

Early pressure from Wisbech forced two penalty flicks of which both were missed and they also had a Gavin Johnstone goal disallowed.

It appeared to destroy Wisbech’s confidence and Norwich went into the break 3-0 ahead with two drag flicks and a scrambled goal underneath James Sheppard’s body.

Wisbech knew they were attacking the end where the pitch would roll true and were hopeful their penalty corners would fire as they had done in every game so far this season.

Sam Blunt pulled the first goal back with a drag flick and Gavin Johnstone added a second moments later from a pass by Brad Apted at a penalty corner.

At 3-2 down Wisbech knew they were still in the game and were attacking relentlessly, but with very little reward and Norwich secured the points with a breakaway goal.

A bit of a reality check for Wisbech and although they’re still top of the league, they’ll need to be a lot more ruthless in front of goal next week, with the visit of Ramgharia 2.30pm at Harecroft Road.

Wisbech Town 2nd 7,

Cambridge Nomads 2nds 0

Wisbech maintained top spot in the division with Hugo Atkins scoring six of the Wisbech goals against the bottom of the table Nomads.

Nomads’ resistance was broken early as Wisbech scored five goals in the first half.

Wisbech added two more to the tally in the second half, Matt Goodwin scoring the seventh goal from a penalty flick earned by Atkins. Captain Ryan Parker put in a youthful performance in midfield and the team was well marshalled from the back by Nick Osborn.

On Saturday Wisbech face dangerous opposition in the form of Wisbech 3rds at 4pm.

St Neots 1st 0,

Wisbech 3rd 3

Wisbech travelled to St Neots hoping to extend their run of three wins on the trot.

Any game against a first team is never easy but Wisbech were on top from the start as St Neots failed to create any pressure and were unable to keep the ball.

This allowed Wisbech to use the space to mount several attacks and soon goals came from Matt Esser and a great deflection from Richard Claxton.

The second half was more of the same with St Neots passing the ball around the back but with no penetration further upfield. Wisbech sealed the game when Dom Stannard finished off a penalty corner.

Wisbech Ladies 1st 1,

Ipswich 2nds 1

Wisbech continued their great run of form with a good draw against second in the league Ipswich.

They started the game strongly and it wasn’t long before this paid off.

Lisa Williamson coolly slotted away her second goal in consecutive games.

Wisbech continued to mount the pressure but against the run of play Ipswich saw a strong reverse stick strike from the top of the ‘D’ find its way into the bottom corner of the goal.

Throughout the second half the home side dominated the play putting together well drilled and flowing passes but could not find a second goal.

Player of the match was Leanne Williamson.

Wisbech 2nds 3, Rutland 0

Wisbech remain second after beating top of the table Rutland on Saturday.

They took the lead through Polly Rosier and continued to play fantastically throughout.

Rosier added a second goal and Lou Sandall finished the game with a fabulous strike, leaving Wisbech to walk away with a 3-0 victory. A well deserved player of the match went to Laura Overland.