GALLERY: Wisbech Hockey Club begin with a win as men’s firsts fight back

WISBECH Hockey Club’s men’s first team recovered from going a goal down to secure a season-opening 3-1 win over Letchworth on Saturday.

Wisbech started relatively strongly but were dealt an early blow when Daniel Martell saw himself sent off inside the first 10 minutes for questioning an umpiring decision.

The home side were forced onto the back foot as a result and Letchworth enjoyed a good spell of possession.

It was just before half-time when Letchworth’s possession finally paid off as they grabbed a goal from a well-executed short corner routine.

Moments later, the slippery Sam Blunt, who had the beating of his man for the majority of the first half, drew a foul, which saw the offender sent off right on the half-time whistle.

The resulting attack saw debutant Ashley Welland rifle a shot narrowly wide.

Wisbech really came into their own at the start of their second half and dominated Letchworth from the whistle. Gary Freear was enjoying a lot more space and was subsequently feeding the likes of Gav Johnstone and Ed Batt who both put in the yards in the middle of the park.

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It was the Johnstone and Batt who began the move for Wisbech’s equalising goal, which was finished sublimely at the far post by Freear from a Sam Blunt cross.

Blunt then got himself on the score sheet with almost a carbon copy of the equaliser, finishing well at the far post. Letchworth were becoming increasingly riled and ill-tempered, which played right into the home side’s hands.

Wisbech went on to score a third goal with Freear conjuring up some space in the D and fizzing a drive into the far corner of the net.