Town reach top flight with emphatic win

PUBLISHED: 11:26 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 08:23 02 June 2010

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN S PREMIER DIVISION B Norwich City 1 Wisbech Town 8 WISBECH showed no nerves as they sealed promotion with an emphatic win. Next season will see Wisbech in the Premier A, their first step into top flight East hockey since the league w

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S PREMIER DIVISION B

Norwich City 1 Wisbech Town 8

WISBECH showed no nerves as they sealed promotion with an emphatic win.

Next season will see Wisbech in the Premier A, their first step into top flight East hockey since the league was restructured 12 years ago.

Wisbech have two games remaining and two wins will almost certainly see them crowned champions.

They are still locked on points with City of Peterborough but have a vastly superior goal difference.

The first of these two games is a tricky local derby at Long Sutton on March 29, which starts at 1pm.

On Saturday Wisbech racked up eight goals against Norwich for the second time this season.

Town were ahead after two minutes.

A short corner was played to Joe Melton who finished well.

Town's short passing game cut through the Norwich defence and a good interchange saw Brad Apted score a simple chance for 2-0 and an own goal made it 3-0.

Sam Markille added to his phenomenal scoring record when he poked home after good interplay between the forwards.

After Norwich pulled one back, Wisbech won a penalty but James Mansfield saw his effort saved.

The first half ended well when Luke Smith making it 5-1 to Wisbech.

Defenders Mansfield and Charlie Baxter coped with Norwich's early second-half pressure.

Sam Blunt attempted one of his speciality drag flicks but only lifted the ball tamely toward the keeper, but somehow though the ball evaded his hand and found the net for Wisbech's sixth.

Dan Martell smashed home from the top of the circle after a short corner for 7-1 and Smith scored his second of the match late on.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST LADIES' LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH

Dereham 2nd XI 1 March Town 1st XI 2

MARCH have guaranteed promotion and only need a draw with Old Buckenham on March 29 to win the league.

The match will be played at Neale-Wade Community Colllege at 1pm.

Town's leading scorer Lauren Oakman converted a penalty corner after 25 minutes but Dereham quickly equalised and it was 1-1 at the interval.

A great run and cross from Oakman found Player of the Match Robyn Gribble who skilfully dribbled round the keeper and finished.

Superb tackling from Hannah Foad denied Dereham a second equlaiser.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH

Ipswich and East Suffolk 1st XI 3 March Town 1st XI 1

MARCH were unfortunate too have not secured a point.

Town were without six regular players but produced a great performance.

The hosts scored three penalty corners and excellent work from young keeper Toby Odlin and his defenders prevented further goals.

An aerial ball from Adam Graham found vice captain Hugh Whittome who controlled and fired past the keeper in one movement.

The second half was goalless.

March have already been relegated and are now playing for pride in their last two league matches.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION THREE NORTH WEST

Wisbech Town 2nd XI 3 Cambridge South 1st XI 2

WITH knowledge they are safe from relegation, Wisbech played fluent, free-flowing hockey.

A good strike by Gary Freear at a penalty corner put Wisbech ahead and the visitors responded by scrambling the ball into the net after some good saves by Matt Duff and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

It was another penalty corner goal from Freear that put Wisbech in the lead again after a good run from Jordan Trundle forced the foul.

The visitors scored in a goalmouth melee to put the game back in the balance.

Solid play from Mark Littlechild and Lee Peck held Wisbech together and with some attacking runs from Howard Atkins Cambridge buckled under the pressure and Jody Betts snatched the winner.

Wisbech's next match is at home to March 2nd XI on March 29 from 2.30pm.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION THREE NORTH WEST

March Town 2nd XI 4 Cambridge Nomads 3rd XI 0

THIS win virtually guarantees March survival.

March were ahead after 10 minutes when captain Charlie Saunders broke from defence and found Andrew Wright, who calmly slotted home.

Ryan Wright converted Ryan Noble's cross to double the advantage before half-time.

After man of the Match Tom Nickalls made it 3-0 a fine spell of one-touch hockey ended with John West completing the scoring.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION FIVE NORTH WEST

March Town 3rd XI 3 Market Deeping 3rd XI 1

THREE first-half goals kept March in the promotion hunt.

Chris Peckett's volley from a penalty corner gave Town an early lead.

Adam Triggs' stunning solo effort doubled the lead and the outstanding Nick King made it 3-0 at the break.

March keeper Gary Sandford was in fine form in the second half but Market Deeping grabbed a consolation goal.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION SIX NORTH WEST

March Town 4th XI 2 Horncastle 2nd XI 4

RELEGATED March were looking to end the season on a high note but two penalty corners won it for the visitors.

Luke Barton gave March the lead midway through the first half and the score remained the same at the interval.

The visitors scored twice from open play to go ahead.

A strong attacking move ended with Steven Slyfield making it 2-2 before Horcastle took victory.

EAST LADIES' PREMIER LEAGUE

Wisbech Town 1st XI 3 Tunbridge Wells 1st XI 3

WISBECH were 3-0 ahead before they knew it.

The first came from Claire Apted who slotted the ball in from the left post, the second from Mel Ludlam who slotted the ball in from the right post and the third came from Erika Burrell and a well worked short corner.

But two quick goals both from short corners made it 3-2 at half-time.

Wisbech then missed numerous chances and conceded another goal from a short corner.

Erika Burrell was Wisbech's Player of the Match.

LADIES' FRIENDLY

March Town 2nd XI 2 Saffron Walden 3rd/5th XI 1

MARCH fell behind to a scrappy goal after 10 minutes, but came back well with Petrina Cartwright linking well from defence to attack, and Kay Naughton doing well in an end of season outing.

March equalised when Kay Naughton fed daughter Rachel Naughton, who finished well.

Rachel Wright was having a cracking game for the home side as they fought for the winning goal.

In the last 10 minutes a cross from Amy Morris led to a goalmouth scramble and Rachel Naughton snatched the winner.

March 2nd XI have finished bottom of Cambridgeshire Ladies' Premier Division and should find themselves playing in a lower division next Season.


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