Hockey: Claire helps to make a bit of trophy history

HA Trophy Wisbech Ladies I 5 Colchester Ladies 1 WISBECH put in a superb performance against Colchester to reach the quarter-finals of the HA Trophy for the first time. The home side repelled early pressure thanks to good saves from keeper Kerry Smith, an

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Wisbech Ladies I 5 Colchester Ladies 1

WISBECH put in a superb performance against Colchester to reach the quarter-finals of the HA Trophy for the first time.

The home side repelled early pressure thanks to good saves from keeper Kerry Smith, and then bounced back with first-half goals from Shelley Jones and Claire Apted.

Wisbech continued to dominate in the second half and Laura Overland's goal and two more from Apted completed a comfortable victory.

March Ladies III 1 Wisbech Ladies III 5

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THE first half of this derby was closely-fought and both defences came out on top in a goalless first half.

March took the lead within 20 seconds of the restart when Angie Rodger scored her first for the club but then the game turned in Wisbech's favour.

Tori Maxey and Steph Harlow, on her debut, worked hard to break down the home defence and a quickfire double from Sue Downing put Wisbech ahead.

March tried to fight back but Downing hit her hat-trick goal before Charlie Lee found the back of the net.

Fittingly, it was Downing who completed the scoring with her fourth. Wisbech's player of the match was Hannah Strickle while Steph Hanlow impressed on her debut.

Natalie Sait and Bryony Mitchell shared March's player of the match.

East Premier B

Wisbech I 3 Pelicans 3

WISBECH had to be content with a draw from Saturday's eventful match.

Joe Melton opened the scoring for the home side but the game became increasingly bad-tempered and Pelicans lost a player to a yellow card.

Back to full strength, the visitors equalised and quickly scored a second to go in to the break 2-1 ahead.

Wisbech lost Dan Martell to a yellow card but survived the five-minute penalty and Brad Apted scored twice to put the home side in the lead.

As tempers flared, Pelicans lost another player to a yellow card and James Sheppard saved a penalty stroke.

As time ran out, Drew Harvey and a Pelicans player received yellow cards before the visitors scored an equaliser with 10 minutes remaining.

East Men's League Division Two North

March I 4 Sudbury I 4

MARCH were disappointed to come away with a draw from Saturday's match, after leading for much of the game.

The home side went 2-0 up early in the second half thanks to a double strike from skipper Jody Betts.

Sudbury pulled a goal back but Betts restored the two-goal lead with his hat-trick goal before the break.

Sudbury came back strongly in the second half and quickly reduced the deficit.

March keeper and player of the match Simon Coe made a number of crucial saves and Matt Bamford's strike from a penalty corner restored the home side's two-goal lead.

However, a contentious penalty stroke put Sudbury in the game before a late equaliser came from a penalty corner.

Division Four North West

March II 8 St Ives III 0

WITH March level on points with Cambridge South at the top of the league, they knew goals could prove to be important at the end of the season.

The home side began in relentless form and goals from Charlie Saunders, Paul Wing, Ben Wright and Rob Mitchell gave them a comfortable lead at the break.

March continued to press in the second half and were rewarded with further goals from Paul Wing, Brian Fox and a double from Charlie Bester.

In the dying minutes, keeper Ashley Reed saved a penalty stroke to make it an impressive record of 20 clean sheets this season.

Bourne III 3 Wisbech III 3

WISBECH III bounced back from last week's disappointment with a draw against a good Bourne side.

Debut-making Henry Rosier and Ross Wilyman were introduced to the Wisbech team, who made a bright start.

Against the run of play, Bourne took the lead but Wisbech hit back with a goal from Rosier.

He made it a debut to remember with his second goal but the home side equalised before the break.

Bourne took the lead with a disputed strike early in the second half but Wisbech came back strongly and Josh Harvey's strike levelled the scores.

Jordan Trundle and Toby George stood out but this was an excellent team performance from Wisbech.

Cambridge South I 11 March III 0

March battled hard but found themselves 7-0 down at the break and Gary Howsam was sent off late on.

Division Six North West

Bourne IV 3 March IV 6

MARCH'S first league game of the year was worth the wait as they hit Bourne for six on Saturday and retained second place in the league.

Vice-captain Norman Larke had a game to remember as he opened his season's goalscoring account with a hat-trick.

The visitors opened the scoring through Josh Birt's strike from a penalty corner.

Bourne equalised but March went into a commanding first-half lead thanks to two goals from Larke and another from Charlie Broughton.

It was a similar story in the second half and Bourne's two goals were answered by Steve Birt's goal and the hat-trick goal for Larke.

Adam Graham, outstanding in defence, was March's player of the match.

Wisbech IV 1 Cambs City 3

THE young Wisbech side faced a far more experienced City side but dug deep to push them all the way.

Despite fine play from Matthew Goodwin and Tim Wong, Wisbech went 2-0 down in the first half.

But the home side were better in the second half and Elliot Peck's first goal for the club reduced the arrears.

Fine defending from Graham Dunn and David Webster, together with good saves from Edward Atkins, kept the visitors out until the dying minutes.

Spalding IV 3 Wisbech V 2

WISBECH will feel they created enough chances to win this game and, in the end, goals from Jonathan Boyall and Robin Johnson were not enough.

Division Seven North West

St Ives V 2 March V 2

SAINTS took the lead in the first half of an entertaining match.

March struck back 13 minutes in to the second half when Matt Wallis pounced on a rebounded shot.

The visitors took the lead for the first time when Simon Laws' powerful shot found its target.

However, the home side responded and scored an equaliser just five minutes from the end of the game.

Cambs Ladies League Premier Division

March Ladies II 1Cambridge University III 7

MARCH held their own for the first half of Saturday's match and restricted a good University side to a single goal.

The home side began well in the second half but the game gradually got away from March and, despite good saves from keeper Julie Ingham, the visitors completed a comfortable victory.

Nancy Brownlow's strike proved to be no more than a consolation.

Wisbech Ladies II 3 Huntingdon Ladies I 0

WISBECH hit the top of the league thanks to a superb performance against the previous leaders.

It proved to be an exciting game, in which Wisbech converted their chances well.

A stunning individual goal from player of the match Natalie Ward was the only score of the first half.

After the break, Wisbech converted domination into two more goals from Rosie Humphrey and Fiona Shields.

Ali Mason, Heidi Smithee, Kat Doyle, Jen Shippey, Sue Grundy and Fiona Shields all had superb games in midfield and defence, while Emma Jones and Natalie Ward were always a threat on goal.