Riding high and chasing revenge

PUBLISHED: 09:36 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

DOMINANT: Action from Wisbech’s 8-2 win over Norwich City in November.

DOMINANT: Action from Wisbech's 8-2 win over Norwich City in November.

WISBECH men s hockey first team are riding high at the top of the East Premier Division B, having enjoyed a phenomenal first half of the season. But the side faces a tough test when they return from the Christmas break tomorrow with an away match at King

TOP CLASS: Wisbech first team on their way to a 4-1 win over City of Peterborough II. It put Wisbech top of the table, where they have remained.

WISBECH men's hockey first team are riding high at the top of the East Premier Division B, having enjoyed a phenomenal first half of the season.

But the side faces a tough test when they return from the Christmas break tomorrow with an away match at King's Lynn-based Pelicans - the only side to lower their colours this season.

Pelicans, who are third in the table, beat Wisbech 4-3 in thrilling match in September.

Wisbech captain James Sheppard said: "That's the only blot on our season so far, so the lads are fired up and looking for revenge."

Wisbech, who finished fourth last season, are six points clear at the summit of the table, with City of Peterborough's second team, second, with a game in hand.

Wisbech have a phenomenal plus-43 goal-difference, having scored an incredible 57 goals, 11 more than the next top scorers Pelicans, and conceded just 14.

Their biggest league win of the season is 9-0, against Chelmsford second team in October.

Town are also in the last 16 of the HA Trophy. They play Rotherham away in the next stage of the competition next month.

The Wisbech squad has been boosted this season by the arrival of striker Sam Markille, who joined from Long Sutton and along with 18 goals is joint top scorer with Brad Apted, and centre back James Mansfield, who joined from March Town.

Sheppard said: "There have been some fine individual performances but it's been a real team effort and we're playing the best hockey that the club has seen for years.

"Everyone has been working hard in training and we have some very good coaches this year so I'm confident that the second half of the season will be as successful as the first.

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