Shippey hopes Wisbech can carry on Blueharts second half revival against Cambridge University

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts - Credit: Archant

Captain Jon Shippey hopes Wisbech can build on their second half revival against Blueharts when they take on Cambridge University this weekend.

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts - Credit: Archant

Wisbech conceded three goals in five minutes to go into half time 4-1 down but fought back in the second half to lose 6-4 in Premier A.

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts

Wisbech hockey vs Blueharts - Credit: Archant

Sam Markillie scored from a penalty corner in the first half and Joe Melton, James Mansfield and Daniel Martell were on target after the break.

Melton roofed one of his signature penalty strokes, Mansfield swirled the ball into the goal and Martell fired a reverse stick strike into the net.

Shippey said: “The game was in the balance at 1-1 but once again let ourselves down with a sloppy five minutes which included two goals from misplaced passes.


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“They then scored a penalty corner and at half-time we were 4-1 down and having to chase the game.

“I took myself off for 10 minutes to see from the sidelines what we were doing wrong and I realised we needed to push up a lot more.

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“I nentioned this in the teamtalk and in the second half we showed a lot more confidence. We passed the ball around well and could have scored more goals had their goalkeeper not made three or four good saves.”

Shippey says it is key his players approach the Cambridge game in the same way they attacked the second half against Blueharts.

He said: “On the whole our performance was so much better than in recent weeks so we should take confidence into our next game.

“It was disappointing to lose but this is a tough league and you can’t afford to make silly mistakes because you will get punished, which probably would not have happened in the league below.

“Cambridgeshire University are a good side who are in the top four in the league but so were the Blueharts, and we pushed them.”

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