Wisbech push top visitors all the way

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Wisbech 1st 1,

City of Peterborough 2nds 2

Wisbech faced promotion chasing Peterborough with a heavily depleted squad and produced an admirable performance as they pushed the visitors all the way in an exciting, flowing East Premier B clash.

Peterborough made a strong start but lacked penetration and Wisbech threatened sporadically on the break. Sam Blunt’s pace and skill were causing Peterborough problems and eventually they resorted to stopping him with fouls. This saw a yellow card produced and Wisbech’s task was made a little easier.

Wisbech thought that they would reach half time with the scores level but they conceded from a short corner. Blunt smashed a shot toward goal just before the break but the Peterborough keeper saved to preserve their lead.

The home side were probably the better side after the break and grabbed a deserved equaliser early on. Jon Shippey’s ball found Dan Martell who made an excellent run and the ball found its way to Sam Markille who rolled the ball in.

Peterborough regained the lead when they converted a rebound at a short corner. Markille came within millimetres of equalising for a second time but the ball passed agonisingly by the wrong side of the post.

Despite the defeat Wisbech performed very well and will visit Crostyx next week with a full squad.

Wisbech Town 2nd 4,

St Neots 1st 1

After a delayed start this week due to a misunderstanding regarding umpires, Wisbech focused on their hockey and secured a comfortable win.

In the first half Wisbech controlled the game, but were wasteful in front of goal. Ten minutes into the second half Wisbech broke the deadlock, Gary Freear scoring a reverse stick strike.

Two more goals followed in quick succession. Sam Dunn stormed up the field from the back to power home a shot through a crowd of players. Then Karle Belding added a third with a cheeky flick.

Wisbech were then guilty of losing concentration. A rare St Neots attack was thwarted by Matt Pooley stopping a goalbound shot, but Wisbech didn’t heed the warning and St Neots pulled a goal back with their next attack.

Any thoughts of a St Neots comeback were crushed when Freear added a second goal to his tally, scoring with a powerful shot from the edge of the area after breaking away from the St Neots defence.

On Saturday Wisbech are away to Cambridge South 2.

Deeping/Bourne 3,

Wisbech 3rds 1

Lowestoft Ladies 7,

Wisbech Ladies 1st 0

Wisbech succumbed to a crashing defeat in this bottom of the table clash and look resigned to relegation after one season in the Premier Division.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds 2,

Cambs South 1

Wisbech maintained their position at third in the table after Gilly Dunn converted Wisbech’s first goal from a short corner.

Cambs South responded immediately coming out in the second half and equalised through Hannah Dillon.

Wisbech were at their best when they put together short, sharp passes working their way round rather than through the opposition. Emma Baker at right wing worked hard to put pressure on Cambridge South’s backs and her positioning was first class. Hannah Strickle (pom) at right midfield is growing in confidence in every match.

Wisbech regained the lead through a second goal from Gilly Dunn.

Wisbech play next against top of the league Newmarket in the Cambridgeshire Cup on February 4.