Wisbech first among six equals

Wisbech went to the top of the N14 East Men's League Premier B with a 4-1 win against City of Peterborough.The visitors made a better start, but Wisbech clawed their way into the game and took control, their short passing game leaving Peterborough chasing shadows.

Wisbech went to the top of the N14 East Men's League Premier B with a 4-1 win against City of Peterborough.

The visitors made a better start, but Wisbech clawed their way into the game and took control, their short passing game leaving Peterborough chasing shadows.

Wisbech opened the scoring from the first short corner. Sam Blunt's venomous shot was saved but Brad Apted followed up to poke home the rebound.

Peterborough struck back quickly to equalise from their first real chance of the game and finished the half stronger.

It was slightly against the run of play when Wisbech restored their lead early in the second half, Sam Markille scoring from a short corner.

Further goals from Drew Harvey and Markille completed another strong, disciplined performance.

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Wisbech and Peterborough are among six teams on six points at the top of the table, including Pelicans - who lost 8-4 to another of the early contenders, Long Sutton.

Also in Premier B, Norwich City's fledgling senior team stood defiantly to secure a 1-1 draw with Chelmsford 2nds. Though Chelmsford dominated possession in the first half, a new- look City defended impressively - well marshalled by skipper Jamie Horsley, backed up by the excellent Scott.

Five minutes after the restart Norwich found themselves ahead when Pete Morgan set-up Mark Sibson, who smashed the ball home with one touch.

They then had to stand firm in the face of a series of short corners before one of them was finally converted.

Harleston Magpies ended six years of hurt with a 6-2 win over Blueharts in Hitchin to maintain pole position in East Premier A.

They allowed Blueharts back into the game with an unfortunate own goal by Stuart Leate after Carl Sitch and Andy Hipwell had put them two-up.

But a second goal from Carl Sitch and a calm finish from Neil Toulson gave them another flying start in the second half before the home team scored again and, with Blueharts reduced to 10 men, they completed the rout with further goals from Chris Barber and Richard Gill.

Dereham came back from two-down to draw 3-3 at Bishop Stortford.

Half time changes included Mark Hunter - playing in a 'Phantom of the Opera' style facemask after breaking his cheekbone - slotting into midfield.

Things immediately improved with Mark Timm deflecting in a quick free hit, but Dereham went 3-1 down after Steve Jackson was sin-binned and Timm turned villain by conceding a penalty stroke.

In the face of adversity, however, Dereham turned on some free flowing hockey and fired two goals in quick succession - Timm completing his hat-trick.

In Division 2NE, Norwich City 2nds took an early lead through Tom Sandland against Felixstowe, but went on to lose 5-3.

They held out until the stroke of half-time, when the home team were given a controversial penalty.

But they came out strongly after the break to lead 3-2 thanks to a superbly executed reverse-stick strike by young forward Shaun Simms, who then set up another goal for Sandland.

Unfortunately Felixstowe's third equaliser was followed by two more goals, the final one almost on the whistle.

In Division 3 NE, Harleston 4ths beat Ipswich & East Suffolk 2nds 3-0, all three goals coming in the second half from Will Bamber, Craig Snelling and Dan Legg.

Most of the Division 6NE meeting of Norwich City 6ths and North Walsham 3rds took place in the visitors' half - but it was Walsham who took the spoils with their only shot of the first half and from their only short corner of the second.

Consolations for City were a solid debut in defence for Ed Cotton and the return of Ian Sadler after a long lay-off following a serious knee injury.