HOCKEY ROUND-UP: Wins for Wisbech first, second and third teams
NE14 Men s East Premier A Wisbech Town I 3 Crostyx 2 WISBECH played part of this match with just nine players but still managed to battle to victory against second-placed Crostyx. When the teams last met it was the Crostyx short corner routine that prov
NE14 Men's East Premier A
Wisbech Town I 3 Crostyx 2
WISBECH played part of this match with just nine players but still managed to battle to victory against second-placed Crostyx.
When the teams last met it was the Crostyx short corner routine that proved to be the major difference.
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It took them three attempts to successfully convert one this time and the pinpoint drag flick gave them the lead.
Drew Harvey ran across the circle five minutes later and was unceremoniously bundled over from behind. Brad Apted converted from the penalty spot to equalise.
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Wisbech fell behind again a few minutes before the interval when they were caught on the break.
Wisbech fought hard for an equaliser in the second half, buoyed by the vociferous home support.
But Dan Martell was harshly shown a yellow card when a Crostyx player threw himself over his leg. Everyone thought the game was over when Nick Osborn followed after handling the ball while on the ground.
Matthew Levanda upped his game whilst Wisbech were reduced to nine players.
He linked with Apted to carve through the defence and equalise from close range while still two players short and was all over the pitch winning and distributing the ball.
Martell returned moments before Apted took on the defence single-handed before blasting a reverse stick shot between the keeper's legs to give Wisbech the lead for the first time in the game.
Wisbech's task was made easier with the return of sweeper Osborn and Crostyx late capitulation.
Firstly the inspirational Levanda was cynically wiped out for a first Crostyx yellow card. This was followed by a player slamming the ball away in anger and Crostyx found themselves finishing the game with nine players.
Next week visit second placed Cambridge University (3.30pm).
MEN'S DIVISION THREE
Wisbech II 2 Peterborough V 0
WISBECH maintained their rich vein of form as two goals from set pieces helped them beat a stubborn Peterborough.
Hard work and good fortune denied the visitors and goalkeeper Kev Shippey pulled off a fine diving save from a one-on-one.
Solid defending made it difficult for both teams to find a breakthrough from open play.
Aaron Cobb gave Wisbech the lead from a short corner before half-time and Alan Hanrahan scored from the same scenario late on.
MEN'S DIVISION 4NW
Long Sutton II 1 Wisbech III 3
WISBECH boosted their promotion push with a local derby win.
After early Sutton pressure, Wisbech;'s resolve was rewarded with goals from Jimmy Turner goal and Dom Stanndard.
Wisbech went a man down due to a debatable yellow card in the second half but conceded only one goal before hitting straight back with a textbook short corner conversion.
Man of the match was Ivan Burgess.
Wisbech men's fifth team remain sixth in the East Men's NW Division 6NW (S) after losing 3-2 to City of Peterborough VII.