Markille in seven heaven
NE14 HOCKEY MEN S EAST PREMIER DIVISION B Wisbech 1st XI 10 St Neots 1st XI 2 SEVEN goals from Sam Markille saw Wisbech romp to victory and remain top of the division. The result increases Wisbech s goal difference advantage over second-placed Peterborou
NE14 HOCKEY MEN'S EAST PREMIER DIVISION B
Wisbech 1st XI 10
St Neots 1st XI 2
SEVEN goals from Sam Markille saw Wisbech romp to victory and remain top of the division.
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The result increases Wisbech's goal difference advantage over second-placed Peterborough to 15.
A win at Norwich tomorrow will confirm promotion.
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The match kicks off at 1pm.
Wisbech signalled their intent from the start when Luke Smith ran straight through the St Neots defence and was only prevented by a last-ditch tackle.
The first 15 minutes saw Wisbech dominate whilst not at their fluent best.
Several short corners were missed and they paid the price when St Neots took a shock lead.
It was their first attack of any note and they won a short corner. The shot was saved only to hit a defender's body and despite the ball being struck suspiciously high a penalty stroke was awarded and converted.
Wisbech responded well and as they moved the ball from one side of the pitch to another they created space.
Charlie Baxter provided several excellent balls from the right and struck a powerful shot into the side netting.
Wisbech's equaliser came from a Brad Apted penalty and they never looked back.
In the last 10 minutes of the first half Wisbech ran away with the game scoring three more times.
Markille grabbed two and Apted his second to lead 4-1 at the break.
Wisbech were soon 4-1 up when Dan Martell's miss-hit shot straight at the keeper rebounded to Markille who calmly slotted the ball home for another hat-trick.
The half belonged to Markille.
Wisbech continued to pull the St Neots defence apart and Markille took his personal tally to seven.
Luke Smith grabbed the goal his performance deserved whilst St Neots had to settle for a late short corner strike as a consolation.
There was controversy as St Neots became increasingly frustrated and started to vent this at the umpires. A couple of yellow cards were shown before a St Neots player took matters too far and was shown a red card.
Long Sutton 1st XI 2
Norwich City 1st XI 5
LONG Sutton came up with another lacklustre second-half home display to gift Norwich all three points.
The home crowd must wonder which Sutton they will see during this real Jeckyll and Hyde season.
Sutton started at a canter and dominated the game for the first 20 minutes.
This pressure was duly rewarded with a tap-in for Danny Sisson - his fourth in four games, and a sweet individual effort from Ash Taylor who drove through the Norwich defence to smash home a blistering shot.
Norwich began to apply pressure and won two penalty corners before half-time, but both were well defended by the home side.
The second half saw Sutton lose midfield maestro Jeremy Watt to a leg injury and the visiting side's penalty-corner routine began to click.
Sutton crumbled, conceding five second-half goals.
The only high point for Sutton was welcoming the return of striker Nicky Bailey for 20 second-half minutes.
Sutton travel to Chelmsford tomorrow for a match that starts at noon.
NE14 HOCKEY MEN'S DIVISION THREE NORTH WEST
Wisbech Town 2nd XI 6 Cambs Nomads 3rd XI 0
YOUNG Robin Johnston scored four goals on his debut for Wisbech 2nd XI.
His extra pace added another dimension to the Wisbech attack and he combined well with some excellent passing from Mark Littlechild and Gary Freear.
The first goal came from a Freear penalty corner after some well-controlled passing tore the Nomads to shreds.
Johnston was in the right place at the right time to score the second goal.
Johnston then went on a second-half scoring spree before Karl Belding added the sixth.
Wisbech are at home to Cambs South tomorrow from 2.30pm.
NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S DIVISION 4NW
Wisbech Town 3rd XI 2
St Ives 2nd XI 4
WISBECH were narrowly outplayed by St Ives in a competitive game.
St Ives scored a quick goal early in the first half to put pressure on Wisbech and by half-time Town were 4-0 down.
After a brilliant piece of attacking by Matt Wate was stopped by a foot on the line, Wisbech were awarded a penalty flick which Jon Boyall coolly converted and the same man scored again to make it 4-2.
Wisbech continued to create chances but failed to score again.
Wisbech Man of the Match: Josh Yates.
Wisbech travel to St Neots tomorrow.
CAMBS LADIES' PREMIER LEAGUE
Cambridge South 1st XI 3 Wisbech 2nd XI 0
WISBECH fielded a reorganised side with captain Kat Doyle donning the goalkeeper kit.
Although never really settled, Wisbech held the home side for much of the first half but a break and an opportunist's finish gave them the lead.
Solid defence from Lou Sandall, Fiona Shields and Jane Littlechild kept the rest of the half scoreless.
More promising moves came in the second half with Katie Dunn and Hannah Strickle providing good ball to Player of the Match Georgie Dunn.
Kat Doyle made several good saves but the pressure from South eventually took its toll with two more goals.
CAMBS LADIES' DIVISION TWO
Wisbech Town 3rd XI 0
Cambridge South 2nd XI 5
SECOND-PLACED Cambridge South second team ran out comfortable winners to Wisbech third team.
Wisbech were reduced to their fourth league defeat of the season and are now fourth in the division.