Hockey stick to winning

Simon Sampson - Sports Reporter 19 February 2010

Hockey: Blues 3 Wisbech Town 0

Coming off the back of an emphatic six point weekend that saw victories against West Herts and Bedford Town, the Blues hockey squad were primed and keen to impress again against a demanding Wisbech side.

Patches of fluent hockey greeted the opening ten minutes of the game with both sides showing that they certainly hadn’t just turned up for the taking part.

Notable attacks came from Cambridge forwards Stuart Jackson and Chris Lee but effective defence and a determined work rate saw the visitors weather this early storm.

Such resilience appeared to spark the Wisbech side into action and as their confidence grew so did the number of slick attacking plays that tested an organised Cambridge defence who worked hard to keep the score level.

However, as the visiting side continued to throw men forwards in the hope of capitalising on this pressure the Cambridge side were able to expose gaping holes in the visitors’ defence. Dan Quarshie came close to being on the end of a Stuart Jackson reverse stick cross and the Wisbech keeper made save after save, frustrating the home side’s attacking prowess.

As ever though, Cambridge keptĀ  pushing and finally an opportunity was converted by midfielder Nick Parks, eased the ball into the Wisbech goal with a crisp reverse stick strike.

Cambridge went into the half time break as victors of the initial 35 minutes and thoughts turned to consolidating this position in what was turning out to be another dominant home performance for the Blues side.

However, Wisbech were able to regroup in the half time period and emerged rejuvenated into the second half.

Cambridge continued to create chances, but the Wisbech defence stood firm foiling the home side’s attacking efforts.

Such a defensive focus had a detrimental impact on the visitors’ attacking appeal though and this allowed the Blues defence to push progressively higher up into their opponents’ half.

This provided an unrivalled freedom for the back four to effectively distribute the ball to their forwards and this allowed weaknesses in the Wisbech defence to be exploited once again.

Several chances went begging but as the game entered the final ten minutes of play, Dan Quarshie was able to latch onto a Simon Sampson through ball and neatly deflect the ball into the Wisbech net.

The visitors’ confidence appeared to be broken and the final minutes of the game saw the Blues side tighten the screws in an impressive display.

Continued attacking pressure manifested itself as several short corner opportunities for the Blues side and Dave Saunders was able to deflect a Dave Madden drag flick into the roof of the net confirming the Blues side victory and their third win in a row.

The win consolidates second place in the East Premiership for Cambridge.

Simon Sampson – Sports Reporter