Wins and losses for players at Wisbech Hockey Club
PUBLISHED: 16:04 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 16:04 05 February 2018
Wisbech Hockey Club had some successes and some losses in their latest matches, writes Kim Speed.
MENS 1st TEAM v WAPPING
Wisbech hosted Wapping in what would turn out to be a frustrating day for the hosts. They started on the front foot, creating chances from the off but were unable to convert.
Unlike previous weeks the men in red continued their pressure and were then denied by a clearance of the line.
Although not entirely one sided the home team would have been disappointed heading into the break level at 0-0.
As the rain continued to fall, both sides knew the first goal would be vital deciding the outcome of the tie. Wapping started the second half the stronger and were soon camped in the Wisbech half.
After failing to clear a short corner Wisbech soon found themselves a goal down.
Knowing the task that lay ahead, Wisbech rallied, but were unable to immediately strike back. As time passed, tensions rose within the home side and they were soon reduced to 10 men.
Wapping continued to dictate the play in the second period and were able to secure the 1-0 victory following a long period of possession.
Man of the match was Jason Esser. ⭐️
MENS 2nd TEAM v CAMBS NOMADS 2’s
Wisbech needed to continue their winning run to stay ahead of the promotion race and they started fast with three goals in the first twenty minutes, Jonny Garner, Dom Stannard and Gary Freear all getting on the score sheet.
Nomads grew into the game and started to use their physical presence and scored a goal after Wisbech switched off.
The second half was all Wisbech though, it was a positive performance with everyone battling for each other and further goals coming from Kieran Hallatt, Dom Stannard, and debutant Jamie Hallatt sealed the victory.
Man of the match was️ Jonny Garner ️for putting in a massive effort playing in three positions when needed.
MENS 3rd TEAM v MARCH 2’s
Wisbech never really turned up for this game and their oldest rival deserved to win this game. I am sure the real Wisbech 3’s will return back on form next week.
Man of the match was️ Joe Else. ⭐️
MENS 4th TEAM v LONG SUTTON 2’s
Wisbech 4ths welcomed second place Long Sutton 2’s on Saturday and were ready for a tough game. They started strong taking hold of the game and Wisbech had most of the play, strong in midfield and causing problems up front.
Long Sutton then wanted to know if we had balls of steel and thanks to Nidge Lowe it turns out we don’t.
Deadlock was finally broken by a goal from Brandon Ruff and for the second week running a youngster scored his first for the club.
In the second half Brandon Ruff added another to make it 2-0. Sutton began to get ruffled and it seemed likely it would be their day. A dubious Sutton strike outside the “D” went in and a goal was given.
Sutton applied more pressure which was soaked up by the Wisbech’s defence time and time again, but a second Sutton goal made sure the points were shared.
A fantastic performance by everyone probably our best this season. Well done to all.
Man of the match was Ollie Mitchell .⭐️
LADIES 1st TEAM v NEWMARKET 2’s
Wisbech Ladies were slow to start and were soon 1-0 down, and very nearly went 2-0 down, but Laura Overland was able to clear a well worked short corner from the goal line to prevent a 2 goal deficit. The ladies then created numerous chances but were unable to capitalise on their possession.
They started the second half a different side and were soon level after Ellie Padmore got on the end of a clinical reverse stick cross from Georgie Dunn.
Wisbech continued to pile on the pressure and were soon rewarded when Jane Peggs had a one on one with the keeper and scored with an amazing effort from the top of the “D” after Overland split the defence in two with a pinpointed through ball.
Wisbech were in control of the game but unfortunately let in Newmarkets equaliser through a late short corner.
Player of the match was Jane Peggs. ⭐️
LADIES 2nd TEAM v CAMBS CITY 3’s
Wisbech went to Cambridge with only 11 players against top of the league. They went out strong and confident and held of Cambs City for a good 20 mins before they scores 2 quick goals.
Wisbech’s defense tightened up and prevented City scoring anymore before half time.
Second half City came out fighting and slotted home another 2 quick goals from short corners. The ladies were under continous pressure and began to tire soaking up the pressure.
Player of the match was️ Ali Mason for her great work in defence.
LADIES 3rd TEAM v ROYSTON 2’s
Playing at home the ladies faced top of the league Royston, who were a very young and switched on side.
Straight away the defence was under pressure and they were quickly 0-2 down. Royston were completely in control of the match and it didn’t matter what Wisbech tried the opposition had soon worked it out, gaining back possession furthering their score line.
Emily Clare and Lisa Lowe once again linked up well together and worked hard to control the back line along with youngster Izzy Gowler.
Royston quickly realised Wisbech were failing to cover the far post and a majority of their goals came from a player deflecting the ball in from that position. Stand in Keeper Fiona Hamer-Philip took a real battering and did well to keep the score line as it was. Wisbech were 0-8 down at half time.
Second half despite key points being raised in the team talk the ladies simply weren’t switched on and failed to put the basics into practice. They continued in the same vane conceding a further seven goals.
There were brief moments of really well linked play from the team, but they couldn’t maintain it, or stay focused on the game. Returning player ⭐️ Emma Boler covered a lot of ground in midfield and was voted player of match.
Hopefully next week the ladies can get back to the positive improvements they had been making in previous weeks.
SUNDAY JUNIOR HOCKEY
Sunday saw several of our junior sides win, lose and draw. Whatever the results we are just very pleased and proud to have so many talented young players enjoying Hockey.
U12 Girls were undefeated today with 2 draws and a win. We had critical goal stopping from Rebecca, awesome defending from Emily, Annabelle and Ruby, and unstoppable goal scoring from Francesca, Olivia and Mima. Overall a fantastic team performance from a very young side.
U12 Boys played 3 games, won 2 and lost one. Well done to all of the boys, they moved the ball around well and created very good goal scoring opportunities. Another excellent team performance, brilliant skills and talent on show from Alfie, Oliver O, George, Oliver S, Jack, Seb, Oscar ( aka Ninja), Kai and James.
U16 Girls played Pelicans winning 5-1. Lots of talented young ladies on the pitch from both teams, a bright future for the local area.
Wisbech fielded a strong side in tier 2 of the under 16s championships. It was the first time the team had played together and collectively as a team they managed a convincing 5 1 victory. Goals came from Izzy Pope (2) Charlotte Mair (2) and Ellie Padmore (1). POM was awarded jointly to Izzy Pope and Tia Bideau.
U16 Boys played Northampton losing 2-1. The boys played really well together, especially since this was their first game as an under 16 side. The boys were 1-0 up at half time with only ten players. Unfortunately Northampton came out stronger after half time and Wisbech struggled to hold there lead.