HOCKEY: Positive Wisbech Town miss chance to claim first East Men’s League win
PUBLISHED: 17:23 02 March 2020 | UPDATED: 17:23 02 March 2020
A positive Wisbech 1sts missed the chance to claim their first East Men’s League win on Saturday.
The Fenland side drew 1-1 with Cambridge Nomads 1sts in Division One, having taken a second-half lead through a stunning Ben Tarratt strike.
Having defended well before the break, Nomads applied more pressure and snatched an equaliser three minutes from time, and could have been worse had Jason Esser not cleared off the line from a short corner.
In Division Four North West, Wisbech 2nds suffered a tough day at the office after a 3-0 home defeat to Louth 1sts.
An early breakaway goal caught a shell-shocked Wisbech off guard, but despite valiant goalkeeping from Bill Garner, a strike from open play sealed victory after the break.
Wisbech 3rds leaped to top spot in Division Five North West as Elliott Peck's treble sealed a comprehensive 5-0 victory over rock-bottom Bourne Deeping 5ths.
Peck fired Wisbech in front in a tense first half, before relentless pressure paid off when the same player struck twice more after the interval.
Fin Murdoch notched a debut goal, with Jonathan Boyall showing no signs of fatigue to land the final blow in an impressive team performance.
What seemed a tough game proved just that as Wisbech 4ths lost 3-0 to Division Six North West (South) leaders Cambridge South 5ths.
A combination of illness and injury did not stand the visitors in good stead, with Wisbech only able to field 10 players.
A Cambridge goal on the stroke of half-time led to the visitors building attacks, but two more goals on the break left Wisbech empty-handed.
In the East Women's League, Wisbech 2nds thrashed Long Sutton 2nds to maintain their title push in Division Four North West (North).
Oliw Bolka and Emma Baker scored four apiece, with Alana Pritchard's brace, Lucy Prior, Lou Sandall and Sue Robinson doing the damage in a 13-0 win.
Wisbech 3rds succumbed to a 4-0 reverse to Newmarket 4ths in Division Five North West (South), with Bobbi Muscat being dealt a knee injury early in the second half.
Two goals before half-time put the visitors in front, before further strikes inside the final 10 minutes sealed Wisbech's fate despite a brave display.
On Sunday, the mixed team beat Blueharts 4-0 at Wisbech Grammar School to reach the last 16 of the England Hockey mixed championships.
Midway through the first half, Lee Punter's solo effort put Wisbech one up before Jason Mallett's reverse undercut doubled the advantage.
Wisbech's continued pressure lead to their third with a calm executed goal by Joey Gomm before half-time.
The second half was much slower and chances were missed, until Danny Haynes smashed home to give Wisbech victory and a fourth round tie against Harleston Magpies in the last 16 on March 22.