HOCKEY: Run-scorer turns goalscorer as Gary Freear grabs double for Wisbech side

Wisbech 1sts have enjoyed a good start to the season.

Wisbech 1sts have enjoyed a good start to the season. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech 1sts continued a pleasing start to the East Men’s League season last Saturday.

The locals were involved in a 1-1 draw at Dereham in the Premier B Division.

They hit the front through Hugo Atkins during a strong first-half display, but were pegged back soon after the break following a penalty corner from the Norfolk hosts.

Wisbech 2nds also remained unbeaten after battling out a 1-1 deadlock in their second Division Three North-West outing.

They also hit the front courtesy of a cool Dom Stannard finish in the first half at Cambridge South 2nds, but the home side piled on the pressure and levelled in the second half.

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Only some terrific goalkeeping denied the Wisbech side a late winner.

The spoils were also shared in Division Five North-West as Wisbech 3rds picked up a first point of the new campaign.

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After a summer of prolific run-scoring, Wisbech Cricket Club skipper Gary Freear appears to have turned his attention to a winter of goalscoring.

He found the net on two occasions in an entertaining 2-2 draw against Spalding 4ths.

A depleted Wisbech 4ths side were beaten 2-1 at City of Peterborough 8ths in Division Six North-West (North).

They fell behind late in the first half, but levelled when Ciaran Lowe tucked away a short corner in the second period.

And the 10 men of Wisbech looked set to earn a draw until being undone by a deflected late winner.

Wisbech Ladies 1sts roared to a first East Women’s League success of the season last Saturday.

The Fenland side saw off Watton 3-1 in Division One North with all the goals arriving in the opening half.

Ellie Padmore broke the deadlock before Jane Peggs doubled the Wisbech advantage.

Laura Overland then struck from a short corner before the visitors grabbed a goal back.

A fine save prevented Joey Gomm from extending the advantage in the second period when Hannah Strickle also saw a super effort disallowed.

Wisbech 2nds saw a tough start to the Division Two North-West campaign continue with an 8-0 home defeat at the hands of Cambridge South 1sts.

It would have been an even heavier loss but for a series of fine saves from goalkeeper Yasmin Pritchard.

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