‘We lost to the better team’ - Wisbech captain Shippey reflects on cup defeat to Guernsey

06:00 13 February 2013

Wisbech Town Hockey Club mens firsts line up before their 6-3 defeat to Guernsey.

Wisbech Town Hockey Club mens firsts line up before their 6-3 defeat to Guernsey.

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HOCKEY club captain Jonathan Shippey admitted Wisbech were beaten by the better team after their cup dreams collapsed in Guernsey.

The men’s first team crashed out of the England Hockey Trophy with a 6-3 defeat to the channel islanders in Saturday’s third-round clash.

“Our preparation was good but they came at us very quickly,” said Shippey.

“It was like The Alamo at the back and we struggled to get it forward. They scored after about 10 minutes and got another two quick goals.”

Gavin Johnstone, Joe Melton and Brad Apted scored Wisbech’s goals but the hosts, roared on by a crowd of more than 300, proved too strong.

“I’m disappointed but we lost to the better team on the day,” said Shippey.

“They are a very good side, very quick in midfield and up front. When they changed their players you didn’t notice because they were so well-drilled. I wouldn’t be surprised if they went on to win it.

“We didn’t perform in the first half. We played how we can in the second but by then the game was over really.

“Now we’ve just got to concentrate on getting promotion in the league.”

Wisbech travel to Long Sutton on Saturday.

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