Wisbech see off Dereham in seven goal thriller

Wisbech Hockey Club.

Wisbech Hockey Club. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech were in scintillating form as they saw off unbeaten Dereham 4-3 in Premier A at Harecroft Road astroturf on Saturday.

The hosts, continuing where they left off against St Albans the previous week, surged in to an early two goal lead.

Daniel Martell opened the scoring before Brad Apted unleashed a trademark reverse stick thunderbolt into the far corner.

But Wisbech were punished for their wastefulness and Dereham pegged them back to 2-2.

Sam Blunt restored Wisbech’s lead, thrashing the ball into the net before the keeper had time to move.

Joe Melton then scored from a penalty flick to put Wisbech 4-2 up at the break.

Wisbech pushed for a fifth goal but Dereham grabbed the only goal of the second half.

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But stout defending in the final 15 minutes saw the host’s take all three points.

Captain Jonathan Shippey said: “Dereham is a good side who had won both their games this season but we carried on from our second half performance against St Albans.

“In the first 20 minutes we were brilliant. We then conceded a couple of sloppy goals but after that we were really good. I think the score line flattered them.

“We are playing some really good hockey and confidence is high.”

Wisbech travel to Chelmsford, who they drew with 1-1 in pre-season, tomorrow.

Shippey said: “Chelmsford play on a water based pitch, which will be a challenge.

“We are missing a couple of players but I think we will be able to cope.

“We played them in pre-season so we know what to expect. It should be a good, even game.”

Wisbech would like to thank their match day sponsor, Briarfields Hotel, of Titchwell.