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In our featured match this weekend, Wisbech Ladies 2nd faced bottom of the league Peterborough 4th at Harecroft Road.

They made a strong start to the game, following an encouraging team talk from coach Jonathan Shippey. Wisbech moved the ball well and showed some great team work, creating numerous opportunities before Kate Penn finally broke the deadlock following Hannah Strickle’s pass.

Wisbech continued to keep the momentum high during the second half, with Player of the Match Harriet Bateman working hard down the right, while opportunities fell to Sam Pritchard, Jane Peggs, and Emma Baker during the second half.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853991)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853991)

Despite these chances, Wisbech could not find a way to increase their advantage, and had to settle for a 1-0 win.

Wisbech Ladies 1sts travelled to Watton expecting a tough game on Saturday, with the hosts sitting just one place, and one point, behind them in the Division One North table.

The visitors got off to a strong start, with Jemima Mitchell scoring after just 15 minutes, following some good link up play between Laura Overland and Jo Gomm.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853992)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853992)

Wisbech were unable to increase their advantage, though, and were pegged back just before half time.

The second half continued in a similar vein, with Wisbech creating opportunities, but they were unable to convert. A strong defensive effort, led by Player of the Match Ali Beel, in the Wisbech goal, ensured Wisbech did not concede either, and the two teams shared the points at the final whistle.

The result leaves Wisbech eighth in the table, a point above the relegation zone; but the ladies will play their game in hand this weekend, when they host Cambridge South (12.30pm).

Wisbech Mens 1st hosted Bury St Edmunds, knowing a victory would go a long way towards securing Division 1 hockey for another season, while the visitors were looking to climb out of the relegation zone.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853993)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853993)

Wisbech came flying out of the blocks, and created a number of chances during the opening 35-minutes, but found themselves unable to capitalise, with the game remaining tied at 0-0 entering the break.

The positives of the first half could not hide the disappointment of the second, with Wisbech playing some of their worst hockey of the season, as a series of mistakes saw possession frequently lost, and opportunities to attack the Bury goal breaking down before they had begun.

Eventually the mistakes would cost Wisbech, who conceded eight minutes from the end. They now find themselves seventh in the table on 23 points, just three points out of the relegation zone, with three of their remaining five games against the league’s top-three sides, starting on February 26 away at Pelicans.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853994)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853994)

Wisbech Men’s 2nd were also left frustrated on Saturday as they slipped to a surprise 2-1 defeat against Bourne-Deeping. Jason Mallet was on target for Wisbech again, his fourth goal in the past two games. Despite the defeat, Wisbech sit second in the Division Three North West table, though both Cambridge South and March Town have two games in hand on them.

Wisbech Men’s 3rd travelled to take on an experienced Cambs City side. Despite some early pressure, Wisbech found themselves unable to create meaningful opportunities and soon found themselves 1-0 down, before also losing centre back Jason Thomas to injury.

Cambridge added a second and third goal shortly after the restart, before Wisbech got themselves on the board thanks to George Gowler, who converted a penalty flick. The hosts added a fourth goal, but Wisbech maintained a glimmer of hope when captain Brodie Ellis converted a short corner opportunity with a bullet-like shot into the bottom corner.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853995)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853995)

No further goals were scored, however, leaving Wisbech still fighting for survival in Division 4 North West. With five of their remaining seven games at home, Ellis’ side will still be hoping to pull themselves out of the relegation zone, starting this Saturday versus Kettering (2pm).

Away at Peterborough, Wisbech Men’s 4ths made a strong start to their game, repelling several early attacks from the hosts before scoring on the counter through Oliver Melton, whose back hand shot gave them a 1-0 advantage entering the break.

Peterborough hit back with two quick goals following the restart, but Wisbech continued to work hard and were eventually rewarded two minutes from the end, when Jon Boyall scored from a short corner opportunity.

Wisbech will be hoping to carry the positives from last weekend’s game into this Saturday’s meeting with Ely City at Harecroft Road (10.30am).

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853996)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853996)

Wisbech Ladies 3rd hosted Long Sutton 2nd in a friendly at Harecroft Road. Louise Cooper scored for Wisbech, but the visitors won the game 2-1. The ladies are back in league action this weekend, when they travel to March Town.

Having come back from 4-1 down to draw 5-5 with Peterborough 3rds last time out, Long Sutton Men’s 1sts felt a sense of de ja vu after losing Holmes early in the first half to a hamstring injury, leaving the men in green to play the game with just 11 men.

A slight wobble during this time led to two cheap goals conceded. As they settled, the game started to become a more end to end affair and chances and Sutton’s only short corner of the game came, but it was Bradley Sargeant with a fine poacher’s goal who made it 2-1. However, the deficit returned two minutes later after a well worked goal from Peterborough made it 3-1 at half time.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853997)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853997)

The second half saw Sutton come out brightest of the two. The defence of Donaghy, Oldfield, Fyson and Holmes left keeper James Cliff with very little to do for the majority of the game. A high Sutton press created chances from multiple avenues, with Proctor, Hales, Ellis and Baker all prominent. As the half came to its midway point a fast breakaway from Ellis, Hales and Baker led to the latter hitting a fine reverse into the roof of the net above the keeper’s head.

A spurred on Sutton fought hard to find the equaliser but it would be Peterborough who would score the final goal with three minutes to play from a slipped short corner, to make it 4-2. Sutton Man of the Match was James Cliff.

Long Sutton Men’s 2nd played out a tight 4-3 win against March Town 2nds. Scorers were Alex Canham, Ed White and a brace from Daniel Batten Long Sutton Men’s 3rds fell to a 9-0 defeat against the top of the league side and the Ladies 1st went down 5-0 to Spalding.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853998)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853998)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853999)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54853999)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854000)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854000)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854001)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854001)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854002)
Wisbech Ladies 2nds v Peterborough 4ths. (54854002)


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