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Wisbech 1st 3, Cambridge City 4th 1

Wisbech came out strongly and soon found themselves 1-0 up as Scott Welcher fired into the bottom corner from the top of the D.

The movement of the ball from everybody was fantastic throughout the match and it opened up gaps in the defence repeatedly which gave the home team their well deserved second thanks to a good finish from Tom Jupp.

Wisbech 1st hockey v Cambridge City. (42432928)
Wisbech 1st hockey v Cambridge City. (42432928)

Smelling blood, they scored a third, with that man Welcher again finishing neatly.

Unfortunately they started the second half sloppily and Cambridge managed to get a goal back thanks to an unstoppable strike.

Chances came and went for Wisbech and it will be a positive that they continued to create for the entire 70 minutes. Every single Wisbech player played well but the tireless efforts of Welcher and Man of the Match Danny Haynes were two standout performances.

Wisbech travel to Cambridge Nomads next week looking to continue their 100% start to the season.

Wisbech 2nd 1, Leadenham 1

Wisbech started strongly and took control of the game with some intelligent passing. Kieran Hallatt made a strong run down the right, before smashing in a cross for Joe Else to slot in, leaving the score 1-0 at half time.

Leadenham started stronger in the second half and Wisbech allowed them back into the game when they equalised from well worked open play goal.

Wisbech continued to put the pressure on and it resulted in three short corners and a penalty flick, but unfortunately Johnathan Shippey was denied by the post.

Man of Match was shared between Kieran Hallatt and Josh Bell, who both had great games.

Wisbech Ladies 3, Cambridge University 3rd 0

Wisbech pushed back first and took control from the start. Swift moving of the ball and constant running gave the Uni students little chance to impose themselves on the game.

Six minutes in and after losing the ball, Izzy Pope calmly stole the ball back, played one-twos with Jo Bland before threading through to Jane Peggs who showed her experience by turning her defender, driving past the keeper and hitting home.

With 15 mins left in the fist half, Amber Scott intercepted the ball on the left, drove forward into the D, shot at goal with Joey Gomm getting the deflection past the helpless goalie.

The game continued with captain Jo Bland and Laura Overland holding the middle with class. Anything getting through was picked up by Nat Ward who was her normal, unflappable, controlled self.

Emily Thomas had the pleasure of watching the game and keeping her kit clean having nothing more to do than fetching the odd ball for the defenders.

The second half began as the first had ended, with Wisbech enjoying the possession and playing with confidence.

Katie Dunn and her sister Georgie worked in tandem to penetrate the Uni half and 23 regularly.

Twelve minutes into the half, and another short corner was executed perfectly with Pope making the score 3-0.

Issy Oldershaw -Ellis, Hannah Strickle and Ellie Padmore closed the door to all traffic on the left-hand side and turned possession into attack swiftly.

Wisbech continued to create chances and should easily have scored another three.

Player of the Match was Georgie Dunn. Next week they play Cambs City 4th at Harecroft Rd.

Wisbech Ladies 2nd 3, Newmarket 2

The home side scored first with some great play from forward Emma Baker, finding Sam Pritchard who slotted in the goal.

Newmarket fought back with a goal from a short corner and scored again to lead 2-1 at halftime.

After the break, Wisbech got the equaliser with a second from Sam Pritchard. Wisbech piled the pressure on with a run from Harriet Bateman down the right side to the by line, finding Emma Baker to slot in no three.

Newmarket then piled the pressure on and Wisbech faced several short corners but they couldn’t beat Sue ‘Swampy’ Robinson, with two great goal line stops and clearances.

Joint Player of the Match was Alana Pritchard for her hard work in midfield, Kamarla Lawson with some good individual play and Sue Robinson for her clearances off the line.

Wisbech ladies 3rd 3, Cambridge South 6th 0

Wisbech soon settled down after a nervy start and started to link up passes and keep possession. Oliwia Bowlka sweetly struck a shot which pinged off the cross bar and shortly after was denied another as it hit the post. Several attempts on goal soon resulted in a deflection being slotted home by Andrea Eggleton to take the ladies 1-0 up at half time.

Wisbech dominated in the second half and scored again from a well struck hit by Andrea Eggleton.

The final goal came from a 16 hit, which was sent wide and driven down the line by Ruby Warren to Oliwia Bowlka who slipped it to Andrea Eggleton to thump home for her hat trick.

Special thanks to Joanne Gomm for giving up her afternoon to support and coach on the sidelines.

Player of the match was Andrea Eggleton, although Oliwia Bowlka also worked tirelessly.

Long Sutton Ladies 0, Bourne Deeping 2

Bourne Deeping were fired up and took the game to Sutton from the off. With an almost full -strength squad to choose from, Sutton were for some reason out of sorts and were being over-run in defence and midfield.

Bourne Deeping bossed the game from the off and Sutton were finding it difficult to keep possession of the ball.

The game was being played mainly in the Sutton half but with no real penetration of the D from Bourne Deeping due to some cool defending by Maisie Sullivan and Tania White at the heart of the Sutton defence.

It was no surprise when Bourne Deeping took the lead, although slightly fortuitously with a deflection wrong footing keeper Wallis in goal.

Strong words from coach Baker and a change in formation saw Sutton come out a little more positively in the second half but the back line of White, Sullivan and Cooper were having to work extra hard to stem the tide. Sutton did start to exert a bit of pressure of their own with the ever-willing running of Emmy and Connie Gittins trying to drive Sutton forward.

Half way through the half Bourne Deeping got in around the back againand made it 2-0. Sutton continued to huff and puff and did manage to win a couple of short corners but Bourne Deeping deserved their win.

Maisie Sullivan was crowned Player of the Match for her superb defending throughout.

Dereham are welcomed to Long Sutton next week.



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