GALLERY: Apted’s late winner secures Wisbech crucial win over Norwich City

15:29 10 February 2014

Wisbech hockey v Norwich City. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech hockey v Norwich City. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Wisbech took a major step towards survival with a comeback 3-2 win over fellow strugglers Norwich City at Harecroft Road on Saturday.

Wisbech hockey v Norwich City. Picture: Steve Williams.Wisbech hockey v Norwich City. Picture: Steve Williams.

The hosts fell behind in the first half but a Daniel Martell double and Brad Apted’s late strike secured a crucial three points which takes them four points clear of the Premier A relegation zone with five games remaining.

The hosts began the stronger of the two sides and created early chances, but were unable to convert.

Norwich took the lead against the run of play when their forward ghosted into the circle, fluffed his first shot, but then slipped through Tom Peggs’ legs in the Wisbech goal with his second attempt.

More chances fell to the Fenmen but, as has been the case all season long, they struggled to convert.

A highly charged half time team talk seemed to jolt the players back into their rhythm and they equalised through Daniel Martell shortly after the re-start.

It was Martell who put Wisbech into the lead after a swift attacking move, but the dogged Norwich outfit levelled.

With both sides pressing for the winner, it was Brad Apted who grabbed the decisive goal - he received a pass from Sam Blunt at a penalty corner and rifled past the keeper and into the backboard.

Captain Jon Shippey said: “At half time I told the players whoever wanted it most would win the game.
“It was a massive win, which you could see by the reaction of the players at the final whistle.”

Wisbech’s next game is away at Bedford, who beat them 5-1 in November, on Saturday.

Shippey says, with relegation rivals Ramgarhia and Norwich still to play each other, Wisbech needs to pick up more points if they want to ensure survival.

He said: “I don’t want the players to think that we are already safe. We definitely need to pick up more points.

“Confidence should be up and we are determined to show everyone we are good enough for this league.”

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I was born and bred in the Wisbech area and spent the first 18 years on my life living in Friday Bridge - educated at Friday Bridge junior school- then on to the now re-badged Queen’s School for boys - after spending a couple of years in London - I have been living in Sydney Australia for the past 43 years.

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I read your article with regards to Councillor Lisa Duffy working with the police in Wisbech and her views on immigration.

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Here we go again, many years ago a group of people: Jill Freud, Duncan Boughton, Ann Chambers, Tom Jones, Bertha Cordell, George Acton and myself Margaret Carver met in the George Hotel in Doddington.

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I am part of the Sheringham Carnival Committee (North Norfolk) every year on the Tuesday of our annual carnival we hold street races and last year the best overall in the street races was won by Andrew Hircock and Ben Groves of Wisbech.

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