GALLERY: Captain Shippey targets promotion with table-topping Wisbech Hockey Club
WISBECH Hockey Club captain Jonathan Shippey said his promotion-chasing first team had unfinished business in Premier A after they posted their fifth consecutive league win.
The Premier B leaders maintained their 100 per cent record on Saturday as they came back from 3-1 down to beat bottom-of-the-table Colchester 4-3.
Shippey was part of the Wisbech side relegated from Premier A three seasons ago - and the 45-year-old sweeper is determined to get promoted and set the record straight.
“I think we’re good enough to be a Premier A side,” he said. “We’ve got unfinished business in that league and promotion is definitely the aim.
“We wanted a good start but I can’t remember starting a season with five league wins on the trot before.
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“We did a lot of pre-season fitness training which has helped us in the second half of games when other teams are starting to get tired.”
Veteran Shippey, who is playing in his 28th season for Wisbech men’s first team, praised the impact of new manager Al Hanrahan and the trio of recruits from rivals March - Ed Batt, Ash Welland and James Mansfield.
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He said: “I’d say this is the strongest side we’ve had alongside the team of 10 years ago, which got to the national finals and lost on a golden goal.
“There’s a few of us in our 40s but we’re still going strong and it’s good to have that experience alongside the youngsters.”
Goalkeeper James Sheppard, another of Wisbech’s stalwarts, said: “The whole team really wants to go up and there’s a different buzz about us this year.
“We enjoy the style of play in Premier A and we had amazing crowds at home in the first year we were in that league. It would be nice to get back to that.”
Wisbech travel to City of Peterborough III tomorrow.