Weakened side are punished

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MEN S PREMIER B DIVISION Wisbech Town 1st XI 1 Bury St Edmunds 1st XI 4 WISBECH have worked hard on their finishing in preparation for tomorrow s top-of-the-table clash after spurning numerous chances and suffering their first defeat sin


Wisbech Town 1st XI 1

Bury St Edmunds 1st XI 4

WISBECH have worked hard on their finishing in preparation for tomorrow's top-of-the-table clash after spurning numerous chances and suffering their first defeat since the opening day of the season.

Wisbech were without suspended strike duo Brad Apted and Luke Smith for Saturday's match.

Bury took the lead when a hit from the left found an unmarked player at the far post, who was left with a simple finish.

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Wisbech fought back and won a string of short corners, one of which Jody Betts finished in a scramble.

Sam Markille had an effort was stopped on the line by a Bury foot and Betts saw resulting penalty stroke saved.

Bury soon went ahead with a close-range effort and made it 3-1 when a shot deflected in off the umpire's foot.

Bury scored again late on for a flattering 4-1 scoreline.

Town face second-placed Peterborough second team at Bretton Gate at 2.30pm tomorrow.

Colchester 1st XI 2

Long Sutton 1st XI 3

LONG Sutton's first league match since early December yielded a gritty team performance which earned all three points from their visit to Colchester Garrison.

The visitors were put under constant early pressure.

After a drag flick from a penalty corner was saved superbly by post man Ben Smith, a low dipping effort beat keeper Jake Loweth.

Loweth then gave away a penalty which was converted for 2-0.

Sutton reacted by reorganising the midfield to great effect with Stu Ingram adding valuable width to the left side and Ben Smith and Nick Ellis linking well.

Gary Hales pulled one back with a penalty on the stroke of half-time after a stick block in the D.

Smith equalised early in the second half by beating two defenders and slotting the ball coolly past the onrushing goalkeeper.

Colchester responded by pushing on in numbers but Sutton defended well with Tom Baguley Ash Taylor and Stuart Belding all in fine form.

Smith made another stunning block on the line from a drag flicked corner, well cleared by Jimmy Harrison, before Hales wrapped up the tie by blasting the ball into the net.

R.J Wilson (Electrical) Man of the Match: Tom Baguley.

Long Sutton travel to King's Lynn on Saturday to face Pelicans who are one place above them in the league.



City of Peterborough 4th XI 5

Wisbech Town 2nd XI 0

WISBECH lacked cohesion in their return to league action.

After going 2-0 down Town applied pressure but couldn't finish and Peterborough scored on the break to make it 3-0 at the interval.

After several short corner chances for Wisbech went begging the home side scored two more goals, one from a soft flick from a short corner and another when a defender guided the ball into the net.

When Wisbech passed the ball around using Mark Littlechild in the centre they looked impressive but this was all too infrequent.

Wisbech are at home to Cambs Nomads 2nd team tomorrow at 2.30pm.


Wisbech Town 3rd XI 3

St Ives 3rd XI 4

A LAST-MINUTE save denied Wisbech a share of the spoils.

Wisbech were 2-0 down within 20 minutes, but fought their way back into the match.

David Wood pulled one back with a neat flick over the goalkeeper.

James Williams followed him almost immediately with a fantastic shot into the bottom corner.

But the visitors scored two more to go into the interval 4-2 up.

Jon Boyall raised Wisbech's hopes with a well-timed deflection into the goal.

Wisbech Man of the Match Williams continued to show great speed in creating chances and Pete Shippey was denied a last-minute equaliser after his effort struck the keeper.

Wisbech travel to Peterborough tomorrow.



Wisbech Town 4th XI 4

Ely City 3rd XI 0

WISBECH dominated this game from the start.

Excellent forward play from Tom Jupp, Tom Peggs and Solly Prestidge resulted in an early goal for Jupp.

Solid defending meant that Ely never got near the Wisbech goal.

Wisbech added three second-half goals from Jupp, Prestidge and Eliott Peck to seal the points in an impressive win.


Wisbech Mixed 2

Stevenage Mixed 4

WISBECH somehow lost after dominating from start to finish.

Stevenage took an early lead before Wisbech found their passing game and took control.

Many first half chances were squandered before Drew Harvey equalised.

Stevenage were 3-1 up by half-time but the second half again saw Wisbech dominant but their failure to take their chances proved costly.

They grabbed a goal early on to give themselves hope when Matt Levanda forced the ball in from close range but Stevanage caught them on the break twice more.


Ely City 1st XI 3

Wisbech Town 2nd XI 1

A LACKlustre performance saw Wisbech well beaten.

Ely were well-disciplined and always in control and their skilful centre-forward drove into the D to score their first early on.

A sloppy second goal followed when a cross deflected in off the inside of the goal keeper's left boot.

Ely added their third early second half with their star player leaving defenders flat footed and she then laid off a short pass for a team mate to slot into an open goal.

Ely were then denied a goal by their umpire failing to play advantage in the D which could have been crucial as Wisbech rallied late in the second half.

Concerted pressure brought a penalty corner that was converted by Wisbech Player of the Match Lou Sandall.

Wisbech came close again a couple of time and a second goal could have set up a nailbiting finish.