Wisbech Vets reach national quarter-finals
Shefford and Sandy Vets 3, Wisbech Town
Hockey Vets 4
After a good performance in the last round against local rivals Pelicans, Wisbech Vets travelled to Bedfordshire in the last 16 of the HA Over 40’s Trophy.
They started slowly and conceded an early goal. There was an improvement which was rewarded with a goal from Brad Apted after a good short corner routine.
The game was stopped after a head injury to Apted. The stoppage seemed to affect the home team more and led to two quick goals from Rob Mitchell and Jon Boyall.
In the second half, Wisbech allowed the opposition back into the game from a short corner and got increasingly involved with umpiring decisions.
This then led to a controversial equaliser when a Shefford player impeded the goalkeeper which allowed a weak shot to go into the goal.
Wisbech were still creating chances with Richard Claxton and Mitchell terrorising the defence. After another short corner came the fourth from a Mitchell deflection but then a soft short corner was conceded which led to a penalty flick which was brilliantly saved by Kev Shippey.
Wisbech had chances to finish the game in the last 10 minutes. In the end a deserved win but a much better performance will be required in the quarter-finals.
l Wisbech under 10’s (pictured) entered their first competitive tournament of the season in the In2 Hockey Club Championship at The Perse School in Cambridge on Sunday.
Players were aged 6-9 and were the youngest squad there. They played some excellent hockey which showed great potential for the future but unfortunately missed out on a semi-final place.