HOCKEY: Run-scorer turns goalscorer as Gary Freear grabs double for Wisbech side
PUBLISHED: 12:14 04 October 2017
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.
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.
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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