Wisbech ladies pull off impressive comeback league win but suffer Newcasle cup exit

Ely Ladies 1st Hockey v Wisbech seconds.

Ely Ladies 1st Hockey v Wisbech seconds. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech went two goals behind at Bury St Edmunds ... but fought back to claim a 4-2 win on Saturday.

Ely Ladies 1st Hockey v Wisbech seconds.

Ely Ladies 1st Hockey v Wisbech seconds. - Credit: Archant

Nat Ward slotted home an interception in the oppositions 23, closely followed by a short corner converted by captain Leanne Williamson.

Continuing to press hard Wisbech took the lead through another short corner from Claire Apted.

Jane Peggs’ fantastic workrate paid off as she poached the ball and put it in the back of the net.

On Sunday, the girls made the long journey up to Newcastle for the England Trophy quarter final.

Wisbech started well, moving the ball at pace and were rewarded with a short corner converted by Claire Apted.

However, the second half was a different story - Newcastle came out fighting and levelled. Wisbech had a player sin-binned and the hosts capitalised to take lead.

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Wisbech pushed for an equaliser but shipped a third goal on the counter attack.

Williamson said: “It was a great win on Saturday to come back from two down showed some excellent character.

“Sunday was very disappointing, we didn’t play our best hockey and were unable to adapt our style against a tenacious Newcastle side. We still have lots to work on but it was a great team day out.”

Sue Robinson hit a hat-trick as Wisbech ladies II romped to a 6-3 win at Ely City.

But it was another demoralising day for the men, who lost 14-1 at Harleston Magpies in Premier A.

Jonathan Shippey, who is managing the side while captain Charlie Baxter recovers from illness, could not fault the effort of his depleted side.

He said: “We knew it was going to be hard enough this season but we’ve lost six players to injury and the lads from the second team have stepped in.

“I can’t say enough about them. It’s hard knowing you are in for a very tough game every weekend but they keep fronting up.

“The key is for us to get through this season and rebuild for next season.”