Hockey round-up: Yet more woe for Wisbech’s men but the Ladies’ fourths fly to the top
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2016 has been a year to forget for Wisbech Hockey Club’s men’s first team so far.
Cancellations and poor form has plagued Wisbech’s campaign this calendar year, and the Reds have failed to pick up a win from all three Cambs Hockey League Premier B Division games they’ve played so far.
Wisbech have come unstuck since finishing 2015 with a seven-match unbeaten run, and their latest poor result saw them ship six goals to league-leaders Letchworth firsts in a 6-2 loss.
The hosts’ third successive loss had seen them drop to tenth in the league, with a fixture against CoP seconds, who sit one place above them, up next.
Wisbech seconds travelled to high-flying Ely City firsts, knowing that the side in second might have suffered a knock in confidence after their season-long unbeaten run was ended last week.
However, the hosts bounced back in style, dispatching visiting Wisbech 4-2.
Wisbech thirds secured arguably the result of the weekend for the club with an 8-0 demolition of Ely seconds.
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The thirds put a run of three defeats behind them by thumping their local rivals, which helped them climb to ninth in Division Four North-West.
Wisbech fourths, like their first team, also conceded six goals, but this time to fellow Fenland side March Town seconds.
The fourths’ 6-2 defeat leaves them second-from-bottom in Division Five North-West, four points behind Bourne Deeping fifths in tenth.
The town’s ladies were also in action last weekend, with the firsts coming up against Cambridge City seconds.
Wisbech firsts are in contention for the Division One North title, but their quest for glory suffered a set back with a 4-0 loss.
Their disappointing defeat was only their second since November, and the ladies will be looking to respond against second-placed Norwich City firsts on Saturday afternoon.
Wisbech seconds put an end to a four-game winless run and turned in one of their best performances this season to beat Pelicans firsts 4-1.
A practiced short corner routine gave Wisbech a well-deserved lead when Megan Fey deflected in Jodi Pegg’s strike.
Wisbech doubled their lead when the ball was crossed in and Hannah Strickle scored after a scramble around the keeper.
Pelicans then gave Wisbech a reminder of the challenge they were facing, getting onto the score sheet when a short corner strike found the bottom corner.
Wisbech could have let nerves get the better of them but they remained strong defensively and were rewarded when Sue Robinson played a clever ball to Gilly Dunn who neatly finished.
Dunn then turned provider with a great ball to Robinson who buried the ball in the far corner.
Wisbech, despite their inconsistency, may yet have a league-winning side after the ladies fourths climbed to the top of the Division Fourt North-West table with a 0-0 draw against Spilsby firsts.
The fourths, who lost only their second game of a successful campaign last week to Skegness firsts, were denied by some inspired Spilsby goalkeeping and were forced to settle for a point.
The draw sees Wisbech climb to the top of the league by one point, with a clash against Louth seconds to come at the weekend.