Hockey round-up: Rivals strike late to deny Wisbech men’s first team

WISBECH men’s first team saw a weekend victory snatched away by their fierce local rivals, while the fourth team secured a commanding victory in the freezing conditions.

East Men’s Hockey League - Premier Division B

Pelicans 6 Wisbech 6

WISBECH were forced to settle for a 6-6 draw as fierce rivals the Pelicans struck late in a pulsating local derby.

The rescheduled game turned into a thriller, with the bottom-of-the-league Pelicans putting in a determined performance.

It was the King’s Lynn side that took the lead but they were soon pegged back when Aaron Cobb converted Brad Apted’s cross to equalise.

The Pelicans regained the lead with two goals from short corner rebounds before Gary Freear got Wisbech’s second.

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Wisbech conceded their fourth soon after the break but hit back immediately, with two quick goals from Apted and two from Dan Martell establishing a commanding 6-4 lead.

But it was not to be for fifth-placed Wisbech, who were robbed of the three points by two late Pelicans strikes. Man of the Match was Matt Levanda.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Five North-West

Wisbech IV 4 Market Deeping III 1

WISBECH battled through difficult conditions to record an important victory in their rescheduled clash with Market Deeping.

Wisbech’s Danny Emmington scored the only goal in a first half which saw both sides squander countless chances.

Deeping equalised from a short corner soon after the interval but Wisbech quickly found their second thanks to Hugo Atkins. This lead was later extended by Edward Atkins and a second for Emmington.

The triumph leaves the fourths in sixth place in their league, as they prepare for another rearranged game on January 8 against Peterborough.