East Hockey League: Champs prove too strong for Wisbech

Wisbech were unable to prevent Blueharts from claiming the Men's Premier B Division title, but gave the champions a few scares before succumbing to a 6-3 defeat.

Dan Martell's opening strike silenced the home support, who had gathered in anticipation of their side sealing the title. But they soon had plenty to cheer as the hosts surged into a 4-1 lead.

Sam Blunt's drag flick was deflected in by a defender to reduce the arrears, before Blueharts made it 5-2 at half-time.

Wisbech were then awarded a penalty flick which Joe Melton converted, but again Blueharts responded to score their sixth.

The visitors won a second penalty stroke, but this time Melton's effort was saved.

On Sunday, Wisbech won 4-3 at Redbridge & Ilford in the second round of the Mixed Plate competition.

After falling 2-0 behind, Sam Blunt brought Wisbech back into the game with a penalty stroke and Lisa Williamson levelled the scores before half-time. Dan Martell put Wisbech ahead from a short corner and Blunt added a fifth before Redbridge pulled one back.

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Pelicans ended their Division One campaign on a low note with a heavy 8-2 defeat at home to Felixstowe.

The hosts were 4-0 down inside the first 10 minutes, before they steadied themselves and Ian Simmons reduced the deficit after Lee Dowers' short corner strike was saved.

Felixstowe extended their lead to 7-1 and although Chris Page scored with a penalty flick for Pelicans, the visitors had the last word.

Pelicans II came out on top against runners-up UEA in a seven-goal spectacular as their Division 3NE season finished in thrilling fashion.

James Caley's reverse stick shot gave Pelicans the lead, before UEA scored twice.

Jacob Marshall Grint restored parity, but the students regained the lead with a penalty stroke.

Caley pulled Pelicans level again before half-time and the same player added two more in the second half to put them back in front.

Caley scored his fifth and number six for Pelicans, but UEA hit back to level the score at 6-6. Sam Kent had the final say as his reverse stick shot proved the winner.

Wisbech II lost 2-0 at home to City of Peterborough IV, who duly secured promotion from Division 3NW.

Nigel Cushion scored twice for Norwich City IV, but it was in a losing cause as they were beaten 6-2 by champions Ipswich Cranes in Division 4NE.

In the Women's League, relegated Norwich City went out of Division 1N with a bang as they beat fellow strugglers Shefford & Sandy 4-2.

City's goals came from Emily Anthony (2), Frankie Birkenhead and Georgie Kidner.

In Division 2NE, Broadland drew 1-1 with Ipswich & East Suffolk.

Kari O'Brien's solo effort gave Broadland the lead, before Ipswich equalised from a penalty corner.