Two off as late decision angers Wisbech

PUBLISHED: 11:00 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

TOUGH BREAK: Action from Long Sutton second team’s match, in which they were denied their first point of the ­season by a 
last-minute goal. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

TOUGH BREAK: Action from Long Sutton second team's match, in which they were denied their first point of the ­season by a last-minute goal. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN S PREMIER DIVISION Pelicans 1st XI 5 Wisbech Town 1st XI 5 TWO Wisbech players were red-carded in a fiery end to this top-of-the-table derby match that saw the frustrated visitors throw away a 5-1 lead. Brad Apted and Luke Smith both

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S PREMIER DIVISION

Pelicans 1st XI 5

Wisbech Town 1st XI 5

TWO Wisbech players were red-carded in a fiery end to this top-of-the-table derby match that saw the frustrated visitors throw away a 5-1 lead.

Brad Apted and Luke Smith both received their marching orders after furiously protesting to the umpire, who failed to play advantage when Apted rode a foul in the final minute and looked almost certain to steal a winner.

Wisbech were subsequently denied revenge against the only side to have lowered their colours in the league this season.

The visitors got off to a perfect start, with Smith tormenting Pelicans on the right, and goals from Apted and Sam Markille put them 2-0 up after five minutes.

Shell-shocked Pelicans were soon further behind when Apted scored from the penalty spot after being fouled.

Things were going from bad to worse for the hosts. They had a man yellow-carded for a challenge on Dan Martell but Wisbech failed to take advantage and began to have their own problems.

Drew Harvey and Charlie Baxter were both yellow-carded for late challenges and, buoyed by their man advantage Pelicans pulled a goal back with a reverse stick strike from the top of the circle.

James Sheppard then pulled off a marvellous penalty stroke save before two quick short-corner goals from Harvey and Martell gave Wisbech their 5-1 lead.

Pelicans came back strongly and forced home a penalty corner.

They made it 5-3 just before half-time to leave the game delicately poised.

Pelicans worked hard in the second half but also used spoiling tactics to prevent Wisbech's flowing hockey.

Wisbech were conceding too many short corners and lost Smith to a yellow card when he hit the ball away at a free hit.

A converted penalty stroke and a short-corner goal brought Pelicans level and momentum made them favourites.

But in the last minute Apted went by the Pelicans sweeper who attempted to foul him. Apted still had the ball but the umpire refused to play advantage, bringing a few choice words from the winger. He was shown a yellow card but continued his argument, earning a red.

The same fate befell Smith as he argued the case for his team-mate.

Wisbech host Bury St Edmunds tomorrow at 2.30pm.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST

MEN'S LEAGUE

Wisbech Town 3rd XI 0

Ely City 2nd XI 1

A SCRAPPY late goal secured victory for Ely in an extremely tight and hard-fought match.

Wisbech's work rate was superb with Joe Brownlow and Gary Freear working tirelessly in the midfield.

After a slow start Wisbech began playing better possession hockey.

The defence and midfield linked up well allowing the ball to move into the oppositions circle, creating good chances for the attack.

Ely were also looking for their chance to take the lead and it was some superb saves from keeper and man of the match James Dod which kept Wisbech in the game.

And after Ely snatched their goal, the match finished with Wisbech on the attack.

Wisbech entertain St Ives tomorrow at 1pm.

CAMBS LADIES' PREMIER LEAGUE

Wisbech Town 2nd XI 3

Cambridge University 3rd XI 0

WISBECH produced their best hockey of the season to outclass their opponents.

Cambridge opened strongly and looked as though they would dominate the game, with Wisbech having to defend hard.

But Town suddenly found another gear and turned the tables, closing down Cambridge and preventing them from doing anything other than play the ball back.

During a fine period of play Shelley Jones clinched a golden opener, followed closely with a spectacular opportunist goal when Georgie Dunn pounced on to a defender's strong pass across their own goal to hammer the ball in past a stunned goalkeeper.

Wisbech maintained their dominance in the second half with notable performances came from Heidi Smithee, Leanne Williamson and Gilly Dunn who slotted the clinching goal midway through the second half.

An outstanding performance from Steph Hanlon earned her the Player of the Match award.

Cambridge rarely got out of their own half and were dispirited from being closed out at every turn by a Wisbech team playing at their best.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN'S LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

NORTH WEST

March Town 2nd XI 2

Long Sutton 2nd XI 1

LONG Sutton were denied their first point of the season by a last-gasp Charlie Saunders strike.

The home side made a good start, playing strong attacking hockey.

March camped in the Long Sutton half and the deadlock was broken by a Charlie Kisby free-hit that found Saunders on the top of the circle. A deft lay-off from the March captain saw Matt Wallis fire the ball past the Long Sutton keeper to give March the lead.

Long Sutton created pressure in the second half and equalised midway through the period when Danny Sissons scored a breakaway goal.

But in the dying seconds March won a penalty corner and after Ashley Welland's shot rebounded off the keeper Saunders gratefully smashed home the winner.

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