Wisbech Town HC 3 Long Sutton 2
After enduring ‘the season from hell’ last year, Wisbech went into their opening Premier B match with confidence having benefitted from a productive pre-season.
A tentative start from both teams was no surprise, but Wisbech took the lead, thanks to a flowing move which left Will Denny an easy chance.
Sutton hit back almost immediately. At a short corner captain Ashley Taylor blasted home from the top of the D.
Wisbech found their stride quicker in the second half and soon re-took the lead through Denny, converting an excellent move in which almost every Wisbech player had a touch of the ball. The hosts continued to create chances and Denny completed his hat trick with a fine individual effort off the post.
Then Taylor was given a yellow card for scything down evergreen Kiwi Brad Apted.
However Sutton scored through Danny Sisson following a defensive mistake. Wisbech held on, providing Charlie Baxter with the perfect birthday present – a first league win in his second year as captain.
Sutton will be hoping to pick up their first points when they host City of Peterborough 2nd XI.
WTHC 2nd 2 Long Sutton 6
In a toughly contested local derby, Sutton proved the better team with three goals in each half.
Wisbech created many chances. Richard Claxton scored two in the second half, his first from a deflected short corner and the second a well-taken lift over the impressive Sutton goalkeeper. Father and son combination produced good performances, youngster Oliver Osborne and Player of the Match Nick Osborne.
Next weekend: Home to St Ives 2nds at 2pm.
LSHC goals: Shore, Smith, young White, Jackson, Hales and Thorpe. The 2nds take on Peterborough 5th’s next weekend.
n A bad day at the office for Wisbech 3rds. They conceded three sloppy goals against a team they really should beat.
Wisbech goal: Elliot Peck; MOM: Toby George. Next: Away to Spalding 3rds at 3.30pm.
The Men’s Fourth lost 8-0 away to Alford 1sts. Player of Match: Debutant goalkeeper Joss Calderbank. Next: Home to St Ives 4ths at 3.30pm.
Wisbech Ladies 2nd 2 Cambridge Uni 2nds 2
Wisbech Ladies 2nds made a very promising start in East Division 2NW at Harecroft Road.
The home side found themselves 1-0 down via an early short corner.
Wisbech got their rewards with goals before half-time. The first came following Emma Baker’s inch-perfect cross to vice captain Lou Sandall. Youngster Georgia Bingham then set up Baker to neatly slot the ball past the keeper.
Joint PoM: Lorraine Parker and goalkeeper, Sam Askew. Wisbech go to newly promoted Newmarket next weekend at 2pm.
LSHC Women 1 St Neots 2
New look Long Sutton Ladies had the better chances and yet failed to collect the three points after a late stage mix-up which gifted the win to St Neots.
St Neots took the lead, and in the second half Tania White rattled the post. Some 15 minutes into the second half on another short corner Leanne Woodhead fired home for the equaliser.
Next week Sutton travel to Alford & District.
Bourne Deeping 6th 4 LSHC Men’s 4th 6
A testing trip saw Lucas Thompson and Matt Goodley making their debuts.
Goals: a well struck Ian White short corner, James Baker (2), Will White (2) and Goodley junior.
MoM: Matt Goodley. A special mention to Chris Worth returning after an 11-year break.