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Wisbech Men’s hockey 2nds stun Alford with goal after 42 seconds

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Wisbech Men’s 2nds 3 Alford & Dist 1

Wisbech started extremely strongly, leading to a goal within 42 seconds on Saturday.

The remainder of the half saw Wisbech pressing for another goal, with Alford replicating this.

HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033164)
HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033164)

However, the defence stayed strong and Josh Porter and Joe Else forced numerous short corners.

Wisbech started the second half stronger and took a 2-0 lead when Josh Porter calmly netted.

A third goal from a well-worked short corner saw Joe Melton coolly net. Alford scored a consolation goal with 10 minutes left.

Next week: Peterborough 5s away at 10am.

Man of match: Josh Porter.

HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033167)
HOCKEY - Bury Men's I v Wisbech Town I...PICTURE: Mecha Morton .... (26033167)

Wisbech Men’s 3’s 0

St Neots 2’s 2

St Neots broke the deadlock, catching Wisbech on the break against the early run of play, in this top-of-the-table clash.

It was an uphill battle from there with the men in red pushing again and again, but the ball just would not find the back of the net.

Just before half-time St Neots scored a deflected short corner.

In the second half St Neots held the ball up and Wisbech couldn’t convert any chances, losing the top spot in the league. Another big game next week if the men want to keep their promotion hopes afloat.

Man of match: Mike Lawrence.

Wisbech Men’s 4’s 4

St Ives 5’s 0

Ryan Purvey soon found himself in space in the D to slot home his first-ever Wisbech goal.

Brandon Ruff bagged the second and then got his stick on the ball to claim his second and make it 3-0 at half-time.

In the second half Wisbech capped it off via hat-trick hero Ruff – probably their best performance this season.

Man of match: Brandon Ruff.

Wisbech Ladies 3

Bury St Edmunds 2

Wisbech, with five returning and a deadline transfer returnee, hosted lower mid-table rivals Bury at Long Sutton in a must-win game.

Amber Scott opened the scoring from close range. Bury had one chance and levelled.

Wisbech maintained their composure and the pressure on Bury’s goal saw Jane Peggs force the ball in.

Bury equalised against the run of play but in a ferocious last 15 minutes Wisbech were rewarded with a well-taken goal by Jo Bland.

The long journey to Colchester awaits next week where another win is vital.

Player of match: Izzy Gowler.

Leadenham 0

Wisbech Ladies II 2

The home side didn’t get a look in as Wisbech made them look like spectators, but it was still 0-0 at half-time.

The goals eventually came via Sam Pritchard, who bagged her brace with a rebound off the keeper from a short corner.

Player of match, the ever-reliable skipper Ali Mason.

Many thanks to Neale-Wade (March), Peele (Long Sutton) and Pelicans (King’s Lynn) for accommodating all home matches, enabling WTHC to meet its fixtures. It’s very much appreciated.

Also thanks to all umpires, volunteers and team members sorting travelling teas and to those that travelled to support the home teams pitch side.

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