Hockey gallery & round-up: Wisbech Ladies remain unbeaten while men’s firsts continue winning start
WISBECH’S men’s and ladies’ first teams remained unbeaten with positive results while two late goals sunk a much-improved March men’s firsts.
Wisbech Town Hockey Club
• CAPTAIN Verity Allen said unbeaten Wisbech Ladies would use the experience they gained during last year’s miserable Premier Division campaign to spur them on this season.
The ladies’ first team, who were relegated after struggling last season, sit third in Division One North after the first two games.
Georgie Dunn’s cool finish secured a 1-1 draw with Harleston Magpies II on Saturday - and Allen said she was targeting a top-three finish.
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“We want to consolidate our squad and bring some juniors through,” she said.
“London 2012 has helped inspire some of our youngsters and we’ve also got some experience so it should be a promising season.
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“It’s been nice to get some confidence back after last year. We’ve learnt from that and our experience of the Premier Division will help us this season.”
• THE men’s first team came from behind against Harleston Magpies II to continue their 100 per cent start in the Premier B Division.
Wisbech conceded mid-way through the first half but goals from Gav Johnstone and Sam Blunt gave them the lead at the break.
Harleston spurned a golden chance to grab a late equaliser when they hit the post with a penalty flick - and Wisbech were left to celebrate a precious away win.
• HUGO Atkins’ strike was enough to give the men’s II a hard-fought 1-0 victory over City of Peterborough V.
• A DOMINANT performance from the men’s III saw them cruise to a 3-0 win over Cambridge Nomads II.
Strikes from Tom Drew and Eliott Peck, as well as an own goal, secured Wisbech the points.
• POLLY Rosier marked her debut with a goal as the ladies’ II beat Huntingdon 4-1.
Emma Baker bagged a brace while Marly Lawson was also on target. Player of the match was Georgie Woolmer who excelled in a new defensive position.
• A GOAL from Jane Littlechild and a player-of-the-match performance from Emily Brown failed to prevent the ladies’ III from falling to a 3-1 defeat against City of Peterborough IV.
March Town Hockey Club
• TWO late goals robbed a much-improved men’s first team of a positive result at Broxbourne.
March bounced back from last week’s 8-2 drubbing at Old Southendian by taking a 3-2 lead with goals from Adam Graham, Matt Bamford and Ryan Wright.
Man of the match keeper Matt Lynn kept Broxbourne out until the closing stages, when they scored twice to steal the points.
• MAN of the match Charlie Boughton bagged a brace as the men’s III were beaten 4-2 by City of Peterborough VI, while the men’s II lost 5-0 to City of Peterborough VII.
• MARCH Ladies showed their fighting spirit during a 1-1 draw with Huntingdon.
Midfielder Becky Hammond hammered home a last-gasp equaliser from a short corner to earn her side a share of the spoils.
Long Sutton Hockey Club
• THE men’s IV produced the club’s performance of the weekend as they ended a run of 553 days without a win. James Baker got the winner in the young side’s memorable 1-0 victory over Alford II.
• THE men’s first team were thrashed 5-0 by Letchworth, the ladies’ firsts held the Pelicans to a 0-0 draw and the ladies’ II fell to a 7-2 defeat against Grantham.
• KEEPER Albert Slator produced a man-of-the-match performance as Luke Lovegrove’s strike earned the men’s III a 1-1 draw with Leadenham.