Hockey round-up: Peggs’ perfect performance fires Wisbech Ladies 2nds out of the drop zone
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Wisbech Town’s women’s hockey teams flew the flag for the club last weekend, with all three sides securing impressive victories.
The club’s men faired less successfully, however, with only one of their four sides bagging a win.
Cambridge University 2nds 6-2 Wisbech Town Men’s 1sts
Wisbech men’s firsts travelled to a youthful, well-drilled Cambridge University 2nds side, with Cambs Uni having most of the possession in the early stages.
Despite a couple of Wisbech chances, the home side took the lead.
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The hosts’ pressure continued and they added two more goals before the break.
A spritely start to the second half saw Wisbech reduce the arrears through Tom Jupp, but Cambs Uni’s impressive attacking play brought two more goals for the home side.
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Wisbech then enjoyed a spell of possession, and Will Denny converted a flick following a short corner to give Wisbech a glimmer of hope. However, their hopes were dashed late on when Cambs Uni bagged a sixth.
Wisbech will be looking to respond when they welcome Felixstowe 1sts on Saturday afternoon.
Wisbech Town Men’s 2nds 2-1 Cambridge City Vets
Wisbech Men’s 2nds, pictured, impressed in their tie with the Vets, and flew out of the blocks, attacking the side who, at the start of the match, sat two places above them in Division Three North-West.
The two sides went into the half time break locked at 0-0, but Dom Stannard notched the first goal of the game early in the second half to give Wisbech the lead.
A defensive lapse allowed the visitors to equalise but Jamie Gollands secured the win with his first goal for the second Team.
Wisbech Men’s 3rds 3-6 St Ives Men’s 3rds
Wisbech thirds hosted St Ives thirds in Division Four North-West, but the relegated side’s woes were compounded by St Ives, who hit them for six.
Wisbech Men’s 4ths 1-15 St Neots Men’s 2nds
Already-relegated Wisbech 4ths were blown away by champions St Neots 2nds in Division Five North West, with the visitors hitting 15 goals past a hapless Will Smithee in the Wisbech net.
Smithee was making his debut, and despite the score line, had a fine game in the Wisbech net, earning him the title of man of the match.
St Neots had only conceded 10 goals before their visit to Wisbech, so the hosts were delighted to snatch an unlikely goal through Jamie Gollands.
Wisbech Ladies 1sts 4-1 Lindum Ladies 1sts
Wisbech ladies’ first team look set for Division One North glory after a fantastic 4-1 victory over Lindum Ladies firsts.
Lindum pressured the hosts from the push back, but it didn’t trouble the solid Wisbech defence. Quick on the counter, Wisbech won a short corner early on which was turned in by Katie Rodger.
Wisbech’s second goal came just minutes after when Jane Peggs neatly deflected in another attacking penalty corner.
Wisbech kept the momentum going and quick Lisa Williamson rocketed the ball into the net with a fantastic reverse strike on the half volley after a neat move.
Wisbech weren’t done yet and worked hard to win the ball back in midfield. Winning another penalty corner, Lisa Williamson got her second goal with a tap in at the far post and Wisbech went into half time four goals to the good.
Lindum had one chance in the second half and managed to pull a goal back with a nicely worked short corner, but their solitary goal didn’t affect Wisbech, who defended and retained possession well.
Wisbech Ladies 2nds 2-1 Cambs Nomads Ladies 1sts
Wisbech 2nds also turned in an inspired performance, upsetting the odds to edge past Cambs Nomads firsts to move out of the relegation zone in Division Two North-West.
The hosts had the better of the opening stages and they took advantage with two well taken goals, both from short corners.
The first goal came when Jodi Peggs was played in at the top of the circle and slammed the ball home for her first goal of the season. The second came after a well-worked routine when Peggs hit the ball into the circle and Gilly Dunn scored with a deflected effort.
Wisbech then had to absorb some pressure from Nomads who got their game going later in the first half. The defence remained well organised; marshalled at the back by Lorraine Parker.
Nomads continued to pressurise in the second half and eventually scored with a strike from the top of the circle. Wisbech were not downhearted and they continued to take the game to Nomads and create further opportunities but just couldn’t find a goal to ease the tension.
The hosts remained resilient at short corners and were grateful for a goal line clearance from captain Ali Mason.
Lou Sandall and Steph Hanlon had good games in midfield, along with the commanding Sue Robinson who was voted player of the match.
Wisbech Ladies 3rds 4-0 Long Sutton Ladies 2nds
Wisbech Ladies 3rds battled Long Sutton Ladies 2nds in their final game of the season, and a dynamic display from the hosts fired them to an impressive 4-0 success.
After an open start, Wisbech were awarded a penalty flick, which was superbly taken by Shelley Coleman and Wisbech went into the break a goal to the good.
Some inspired goalkeeping from Sutton kept the visitors in the tie early in the second half, but a change in the short corner tactics lead to Holly Stevenson eventually doubling Wisbech’s lead.
Solid defending and some excellent saves from Wisbech goalkeeper Ruby Shepherd maintained the high spirits of Wisbech, and a brace from the in-form Shelley Coleman ensured that the hosts would end the season on a high.