March Town Ladies finally find their winning ways but defeats for Wisbech and Long Sutton - Fen Hockey round up

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March Town Ladies ended their losing streak and got their first win this season with a 3-1 victory over Haverhill 1.

March started well, creating several chances and restricting the Haverhill attacking threat. Hana Howsam gave March the lead after linking up with Louise Minnis. Haverhill responded with a goal of their own, but March sealed the victory with two goals from Rebecca White in quick succession. March will be looking to add a second win of the season when they travel to Bourne Deeping 1 on Saturday.

In the East Men’s Division 1, March Town men played their part in a high-scoring affair as they beat Bishops Stortford 1 5-3.

An early short corner was coolly slotted away from Ben Wright and James Fisher was in the right place to score a second. Another short corner was nonchalantly finished by David Haslegrave as March dominated. The counter attacking prowess of March continued with Ben Wright grabbing another from a short corner flicked to the roof of the net.

The home side started sluggishly in the second half and allowed Bishops Stortford to grab three cheap goals. March responded well, however, and David Hodson combined with Ash Welland who majestically beat his man before squaring the ball for David Haslegrave who slid in to grab his second. March’s next game is away at West Herts on Saturday.

March Town 2s climbed to joint first in the East Men’s Division 5NW after they demolished Cambridge South 4 7-0. The 2s have netted a remarkable 21 goals in three games and will look to maintain their 100% league record away at St. Neots 2 on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Wisbech men were unable to bounce back from their defeat to Norwich last week, losing 4-1 against Saffron Walden.

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Wisbech’s aggressive start left them subject to counter attacks, and Saffron Walden soon took advantage and went 2-0 up after only seven minutes. Wisbech tried to get a foothold in the game, but found themselves three down with 10 minutes of the first half still to play. There was a glimmer of hope for Wisbech when Sam Blunt ripped a trademark drag flick into the top corner, but Saffron Walden continued to dominate after the break. Wisbech were punished for some sloppy play and Saffron Walden scored the final goal of the game when Baxter conceded another short corner which was converted.

Wisbech’s tough run of fixtures sees them travel to early pace setters Spalding next week.

Wisbech Ladies first team scored five for the second game in a row as they defeated City of Peterborough Hockey 5-3. Charlie Paine’s scintillating form continued as she grabbed another two goals, and further goals from Leanne Williamson, Jane Peggs and Claire Apted secured the points for Wisbech.

Wisbech’s next fixture is against Bedford 2, who are currently without a win in the Ladies Division 1 North.

In Premier B Long Sutton remain winless in the East Men’s Premier B after losing 6-3 to Norwich City 1st team. Sutton started positively but were unable to capitalise. Norwich grew into the game and started to show the form which has taken them to third in the league and the away side quickly moved into a 2-0 lead. The home team needed a response, and they duly got one through a well worked short corner from Josh Fyson, who set up a clinical deflection from Dan Batten. The away side responded well to conceding and went straight back on to the attack, claiming 2 more goals and entering the break 4-1 up. Sutton started the second half brightly, and Danny Sisson coolly slotted past the onrushing keeper to reduce the deficit. Sutton were in the ascendency but Norwich were able to counter, and soon added a 5th to their tally. This did not deter the home side, who once again rallied to find Sisson again within the D, who unleashed a ferocious strike into the top left corner. Unfortunately for Sutton, the Norwich keeper was in inspired form and Norwich’s forwards punished Sutton and notched a 6th.

Sutton face Ipswich in their next fixture.

Long Sutton ladies first team were also on the end of a disappointing result as they were narrowly defeated 3-2 by Kings Lynn Pelicans.

Sutton found themselves 2-0 down at half-time after a slow start. After a tactical reshuffle, Sutton found a way back into the game, with Louise Southgate working tirelessly again in a position that is new to her this season and the pace of both Emma Howell and Louise Billingham causing all kinds of issues for the opposition defence. Sutton began to find pockets within the Kings Lynn defence and it wasn’t long until Lyn Tancred found the back of the net. Moments later Tancred turned provider and set up the equaliser in what was a terrific turnaround. However, Sutton’s hopes of a win were dashed when Kings Lynn stole victory with time running out.