Forget unbeaten run and focus on promotion says Wisbech Ladies Hockey Club captain

PUBLISHED: 08:30 14 January 2011

Natalie Ward in action during Saturday's 4-1 win against St Ives

Natalie Ward in action during Saturday's 4-1 win against St Ives

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CAPTAIN Natalie Ward has urged her Wisbech Ladies hockey team-mates to forget about the prospect of an unbeaten season and focus solely on gaining promotion.

Wisbech Ladies 1 v Ely, hockey

The table-topping Wisbech ladies’ phenomenal golden run stretched into the new year on Saturday when goals from Georgie Dunn (2), Jane Peggs and Claire Apted saw the side return from the six-week Christmas break by thumping St Ives 4-1.

The streak - stretching twelve games in all competitions - has contained 11 wins and only one goalless draw, but skipper Ward, 22, is refusing to get carried away.

“I’d like to think we could go unbeaten but realistically Cambridge University will push us,” said the centre-midfielder, whose side drew 0-0 with their fellow unbeaten challengers in November.

“It’ll be a massive game when we play them again because they’re the strongest side we’ve played so far.

Wisbech Ladies 2010/2011 season

Wisbech Ladies 2010/2011 season

The unbeaten run so far:

September 18: Saffron Walden 2 Wisbech 3

September 25: Cambridge City II 0 Wisbech 2

October 2: Wisbech 2 Lincoln 1

October 9: Harleston Magpies 0 Wisbech 5

October 16: Wisbech 4 Ipswich-East Suffolk 1

October 23: Norwich Dragons 2 Wisbech 6

October 30: Wisbech 3 Saffron Walden 0

October 31: Women’s HA trophy Second Round: Wisbech 8 St Ives 1

November 6: Watton 2 Wisbech 3

November 13: Wisbech 0 Cambridge University 0

November 20: Pelicans (King’s Lynn) 1 Wisbech 4

January 8: Wisbech 4 St Ives 1

Remaining fixtures:

January 15: Wisbech v Cambridge City II

January 16: Women’s HA Trophy Third Round: Wisbech v Newark

January 22: Lincoln v Wisbech

January 29: Wisbech v Harleston Magpies II

February 5: Ipswich-East Suffolk v Wisbech

February 12: Wisbech v Norwich Dragons

March 5: Cambridge University v Wisbech

March 12: Wisbech v Pelicans (King’s Lynn)

March 19: St Ives v Wisbech

March 26: Wisbech v Ipswich III

April 2: Wisbech v Watton

TBC: Ipswich III v Wisbech

All fixtures subject to change

“We’re not as strong as we have been in the past but we’ve really gelled this season. The team spirit is great and we’ve had a bit of luck along the way too.

“Our belief is growing and although we’d like to be able to say we’d gone the whole season unbeaten, it would only be the icing on the cake because promotion is our major aim.”

Wisbech have not played in the East Women’s Hockey League Premier Division for around five years and Ward - a loyal 10-year servant at the club - is determined to grab one of Division One North’s two promotion slots.

A 12-point gap could be opened up over third-placed Saffron Walden with a victory against bottom side Cambridge City II tomorrow. Wisbech then resume their HA Trophy campaign against Newark on Sunday.

Ward said: “I was worried on Saturday when we went 1-0 down but we kept our heads and carried on where we left off, which is encouraging.

“Steph Hanlon has come back from New Zealand and improved immensely and the twins, Claire Apted and Erica Burrell, have stood out but it’s really been a team effort.

“We’ve got a varied age group - some young girls from the seconds have come in and done well - so it’s all about keeping our heads if we do lose a game.”


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