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A determined performance from Wisbech Town Ladies 1sts helped ensure a 4-1 win at home to North Norfolk on Saturday.

Treating the game as a ‘must win’, as the ladies look to maintain their place in Division 1 North, Wisbech came out strongly and soon found themselves ahead when Georgie Dunn linked up with Jo Gomm, with the latter opening the scoring with a neat finish.

Gomm added a second shortly after, pouncing on the rebound after her initial shot was saved, before completing her hat trick inside the opening 35 minutes.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134020)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134020)

North Norfolk managed to pull a goal back before half time, but Wisbech continued to dominate much of the play, and eventually added a fourth goal when captain Jo Bland linked up with Gomm, who found Jemima Mitchell at the back post to complete the victory.

The result sees the ladies move three points clear of the relegation zone, with four games to play, though Bland’s side face a tough test this weekend when they travel to league leaders Bury St Edmunds.

Wisbech Town Mens 1st hoped to bounce back from defeat in their last game when they travelled to local rivals Pelicans.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134021)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134021)

Wisbech controlled much of the possession, and won the majority of the 50-50 battles, whilst also defending admirably, with Player of the Game Lewis Jackson front and centre of Wisbech’s defensive efforts during the half.

Despite seeing more of the ball during the opening 35 minutes, Wisbech could not make their superiority count and found themselves unable to break the deadlock before the break.

The hosts came out quickly during the second half, forcing Wisbech deeper and deeper. Despite some resilient defending, Pelicans eventually took the lead via a goalmouth scramble, before doubling their lead shortly after.

Wisbech goalkeeper Aiden Falkus made a string of excellent saves to keep his side within touching distance of Pelicans, but a third goal late in the tie ensured all three points would go to the King’s Lynn based side.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134022)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134022)

The result leaves Wisbech sitting in seventh place in the Division 1 North table, with a home game against second placed Harleston Magpies coming up this weekend (1.45pm).

The Men’s 2nds got back to winning ways away at Cambridge City, with forward Josh Porter scoring a hat trick during a 5-0 win.

Cambridge defended deep, and looked to catch Wisbech on the counter during the first half, but the hosts’ back line was eventually breached when Wisbech captain Jonathan Shippey fed Porter at the back post to convert a short corner opportunity just before half time.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134011)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134011)

Midfielder Jason Mallett doubled Wisbech’s lead shortly after the restart, with a great solo effort, before Porter added his second and third goals of the game.

Calvin Bishop rounded off the scoring late in the second half, capping off a well worked Wisbech move. They remain second in the Division 3 North West table, with fifth place Cambridge Nomads scheduled to visit Harecroft Road this weekend (noon).

Wisbech Ladies 2nd put in a strong performance away at Spalding, earning a point following a 2-2 draw. The hosts took the lead midway through the first half, before Wisbech equalised through Kate Penn following some good work from Oliwia Bolka on the break.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134023)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134023)

Wisbech controlled much of the play from there on in, but found themselves a goal down when Spalding converted a short corner opportunity against the run of play.

Despite the setback, Wisbech rallied and continued to push for an equaliser, with Player of the Game Katie Dunn putting in a strong performance at the back to ensure Wisbech would not be caught on the counter. Eventually the hard work paid off, with Emma Baker converting a rebound opportunity late in the game.

This weekend, Wisbech hosts Ely City (10.30am).

The Mens third team hoped to build on the previous week’s victory when high flying Peterborough visited Harecroft Road, with Josh Bower’s early goal giving Wisbech hope.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134024)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134024)

Peterborough were quick to respond, however, converting two short corner opportunities, before adding a third goal prior to the half time break. Peterborough pulled away during the second half, scoring a further three goals to secure a 6-1 win. Wisbech will look to regroup this weekend when they travel to Ely City.

Two goals apiece from captain Brandon Ruff and midfielder Mat Boyall underpinned a 7-0 win for the Mens 4ths against Kettering. Bradley Burton, Robin Middleton and Howard Atkins were also on target for Wisbech, who remain unbeaten in 2022, but face a tough trip to league leaders Spalding this weekend.

lBoasting one of the stronger sides they have put out all season, Long Sutton looked set to take the game to Cambridge South 2nds.

Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134025)
Wisbech Ladies 1st v North Norfolk. (55134025)

It only took 23 seconds for Sutton to go ahead, through Josh Baker. The second came two minutes later, Luke Proctor deflecting a Baker cross.

South pulled a goal back but then Fyson scored with a neat reverse, shortly followed by a tap in for Baker to make it 4-1 at the break.

Sutton added two quick goals in the second half, Baker with a volley and Fyson squeezing in an effort at the near post.

Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134125)
Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134125)

Brad Sargeant scored the seventh and Man of the Match Baker scored two more, to take his tally to five and Long Sutton’s to nine. Minor lapses in defence in the dying stages allowed South to score 2 further consolations goals.

Sutton Men’s 2nds entertained Cambs City 6th, who lined up with a well drilled defence which was well tested as Sutton took the game to the side that had inflicted their only defeat earlier in the season.

Batten started well, linking with Hagan and Will White to hold the away team in their own 16. Ed White and Stef Fox marshalled the midfield against skilled opponents, Frazer Watt put in his usual shift as he continued to contribute so much unselfish work for the team.

Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134128)
Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134128)

This week’s youthful contingent of Ben Hales and Josh Smith both showed how much they had grown as players and improved since the last time the two teams met.

Cambs offered little in attack during the first half, with Man of the Match Baguley particularly imperious.

Clarke made many great challenges and Sisson in goal has now added diving saves to his repertoire! He, like the rest of the team, put in a good performance.

The game was always going to be about the first goal and it fell to Sutton when Batten was provider to a great Stef Fox finish as the midfield general opened the scoring.

Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134133)
Action from the Pelicans Men's 1st XI match against Wisbech XI at Lynnsport. (55134133)

Cambs remained resolute, looking to repel Sutton, and it was only just before half time that the game started to be taken out of their grasp as Sutton doubled their lead – a deflected Canham finish after a good set by the midfield maestro Ed White.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, Cambs raised their game. However, excellent work from the ever-lively Will White, Dan Batten and very unselfish forward play by Tyler Hagan set Josh Smith up for his first goal for the team; a good reward for a good performance from the young man.

Long Sutton Mens 3rds played out a 6-1 victory. A brace from Ian White and goals from Jack Smith, Adam Pack, Jeremy Smith and Gary Hales lead to the victory.

The Ladies 1sts gained a crucial 2-1 victory against St Ives 2nds, with goals from Lisa Baker and Hannah Burton.

Sutton Ladies 2nds drew 0-0 against Pelicans 3rds. Both sides had chances but fines saves from Player of the Match Jasmine Smith kept scores to 0-0.



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