Hockey round-up: Wisbech Ladies and Men’s First XI’s continue 100 per cent start

WISBECH Ladies and Men’s first teams continued their 100 per cent start to the hockey season with wins against Lincoln and Norwich respectively.

It was a mixed weekend elsewhere for Wisbech’s and March’s other hockey outfits as David Odlin played his first game for almost 30 years.

East Women’s Hockey League - Division One North

Wisbech 2 Lincoln 1

Wisbech won their third game in a row and took the lead through Jane Peggs who swept home captain Natalie Ward’s fierce drive. Lincoln equalised before the break but the home side dominated possession in the second half and had two goals disallowed. Wisbech finally got their reward when Lisa Williamson grabbed her first goal of the season from the team’s sixth penalty corner. Player of the match - Steph Hanlon.

East Men’s Hockey League - Premier Division B

Norwich City 2 Wisbech 5

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Wisbech defeated one of their bogey teams and continued their 100 per cent start to the Premier Division B season. Wisbech went behind after some sloppy passing but the goal seemed to spur them into action. A sweeping move saw the visitors equalise before half-time as Matt Levanda diverted the ball into Norwich’s net. Two quick goals from Drew Harvey and Bradley Apted gave Wisbech a two-goal lead but the home side pulled one back before Joe Melton and Jon Shippey made the game safe. Wisbech entertain Cambridge University II, who also have a 100 per cent record, next week.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Two North

March 4 Cambridge City III 0

Cambridge started well but some great defending from March kept them at bay. Two goals either side of half-time secured a comfortable victory for the home side.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Three North-West

March II 2 St Neots 5

St Neots secured their first win in 19 months despite James Fisher’s brace in an entertaining game.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Five North-West

Alford & District 7 March III 1

Brian Fox scored a penalty stroke to gain some consolation from March’s trip to Skegness against a strong Alford side.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Six North-West (South)

St Ives V 5 March IV 1

David Odlin played his first game in 30 years as March travelled to St Ives with only 9 players. Toby Odlin scored March’s consolation in the second half. Mark Plitsch, Paul Wing and Simon Welland performed well.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Three North-West

Cambridge Nomads II 3 Wisbech III 1

Simon Freear gave another goalkeeping masterclass for Wisbech but was unable to prevent his side slipping to defeat. Phil Norman scored the visitors’ consolation.

Cambridgeshire Ladies League - Premier Division

Wisbech II 1 Cambridge City III 0

Georgie Dunn scored a well-worked goal to give Wisbech an excellent victory. Ali Mason - player of the match.

East Men’s Hockey League - Division Five North-West

Cambridge City V 5 Wisbech IV 1

Wisbech travelled to Cambridge with a much changed side in an attacking encounter. Tom Drew scored but Cambridge notched five after the break to secure the victory.