WISBECH: Apted sent off in incident-packed match

NE14 HOCKEY EAST PREMIER A Bedford Town I 3 Wisbech Town I 2 WISBECH slumped to defeat in a close NE14 Hockey Premier A match which was incident packed and full of controversy. Wisbech made the perfect start when Dan Martell was fouled in front of goal


Bedford Town I 3 Wisbech Town I 2

WISBECH slumped to defeat in a close NE14 Hockey Premier A match which was incident packed and full of controversy.

Wisbech made the perfect start when Dan Martell was fouled in front of goal and Brad Apted converted the resultant penalty stroke. It turned out to be their only piece of good fortune all day!

Drew Harvey was shown a yellow card for a harmless tackle soon after the goal and Wisbech were aggrieved that worse tackles by Bedford throughout the game went unpunished. The bouncy pitch was giving Wisbech problems but they were fighting hard to combat it. Bedford were increasingly threatening but their equaliser owed a great deal to luck. A shot from the top of the circle was deflected and the ball flew high in the air before dipping and swerving into the net.

Martell restored Wisbech's lead with a cool finish after good work from Matt Levanda and they had every reason to be optomistic at half time.

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The second half saw Wisbech frustrated from start to finish. Bedford equalised for a second time after the ball came past two players at waist height. This was deemed not to be dangerous and the resulting goal stood. Wisbech complained bitterly and Apted was sent off for his protests. Reduced to ten Wisbech put in a five minute period of sustained pressure and looked the more likely team to score.

Bedford stole the points from a short corner which was deflected into the path of the scorer as the original shot was charged down.

Worse was to come for Wisbech when Dan Martell was fouled and didn't get the free hit he deserved. His frustration lead to a wild swipe that saw him receive Wisbech's third yellow card of the day.

Wisbsch host second placed Havering on Saturday at 2.30pm

HA Cup Second Team Trophy

Harlow II 2 Wisbech Town II 5

WISBECH went through to the second round of the Second Team Trophy with a comfortable win at Harlow. They fell behind early on but skipper Gary Freear smashed home a short corner to equalise.

The second half saw Wisbech have a lucky escape when Sam Dunn cleared on the goal line. This proved the catalyst as Wisbech then romped to victory with goals from Jon Shippey (2), Tom Peggs and Matt Wate.


Wisbech Town III 4 Alford II 0

THE Young Wisbech side continued there trend of the season of improving every week, when on Saturday they produced some fantastic passing hockey. Wisbech went 2-0 up in the first 15 minutes with first Matt Goodwin scoring then James Williams with a reverse stick shot which trickled past the keeper. Alford where very lucky not to have conceded a lot more with Wisbech missing lots of chances after some great build up play. The second half was a similar story with Wisbech dominating possession but failing to make Alford pay. They did however score two more goals with Goodwin scoring from the penalty spot with his first ever attempt and Tim Wong scoring in the dying moments. Man of the match for Wisbech was young Matt Goodwin who performed superbly again.


Wisbech Town IV 2 Horncastle II 1

WISBECH did not play their best Hockey during a very scrappy first half and Horncastle scored against the run of play before Wisbech had woken up. Wisbech managed to pull a goal back just before half time with a well taken short corner by Jonathan Boyall.

After a few stern words by the Captains at half time Wisbech came out and started to play at the standard that would be expected from them. The Horncastle Keeper kept the forwards at bay with half a dozen good saves until Jonathan Boyall netted his second goal 20 minutes before the end. The team now sit at the top of the NW6 League but know they will have to play better to maintain that position.


March Town IV 4 Wisbech Town V 1

WISBECH travelled to March with high hopes in this 6NW game. In the first half Wisbech had the most possession due to their command of the midfield, this was not to be converted into goals as several chances went begging in front of the posts. The Wisbech defence stood firm against the few March attacks and the score was 0 - 0 at half time.

In the second half March took over the midfield as Wisbech pushed more men forward to try and secure some goals. The plan did not work as March scored two breakaway goals. A goal from Al Hanrohan pulled the deficit back but it was not enough as March went on to take their chances on the break and scored two more well taken goals.

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