Ipswich end hockey season with a big win over Wisbech

Ipswich hockey side after their final game - back row- Left to right:D Mills (Manager), K Ayling, E

Ipswich hockey side after their final game - back row- Left to right:D Mills (Manager), K Ayling, E Millar (co-captain), S Daley, L Wheelhouse, L Dunnett (Vice-Captain), R Jackson, K Wood, S Sexton, I Goodman, C Willaims, A Barham (GK) Front row- Left to Right: C Anderson (Co-captain), K Blake, K Wingar - Credit: Archant

East Premier League Ipswich 5 Wisbech 0 Ipswich ended their season in style with a 5-0 demolition of already relegated Wisbech.

The resounding win secured second place in the East Premier League for the Suffolk side and was just reward for all the hard work from the players, coach Mariette Rix and manager Donna Mills.

Ipswich started the game on fire and won a penalty stroke within the first three minutes, after Chloe Williams was taken out by the away team’s goalkeeper.

Normal taker Charlie Anderson, playing in her final game for the team, stepped up but was disappointed to have not got hold of the ball cleanly and the keeper made an easy save.

Despite the frustration Ipswich just dug deeper and it wasn’t long before the endless pressure on the Wisbech goal told and Williams slotted the ball in the net to make it 1-0.

It was all Ipswich and soon they were two goals ahead, Lucy Dunnett scoring a great goal from the right hand side of the circle.

Wisbech were working hard to try and breach the Ipswich defence but the danger was dealt with well by Rosie Jackson, Kat Blake and Kristine Ayling.

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The few times the away side did threaten the goal, Ali Barham was on hand to make the crucial save.

Half-time saw Ipswich dominant, but aware that a two goal lead was not comfortable enough and they started the second half with the same zip as the first.

The third goal was struck by Ayling and Ipswich were keen to extend the lead even more, however Wisbech were using all means to stop that happening and at times the away team were very lucky not to have been shown several cards for some very badly-timed tackles.

Ipswich kept composed and Anderson fired in the fourth goal, a great shot from a tight angle. Wisbech were still trying to grab a consolation goal but some great defensive work by co-captain and player of the match Emma Millar kept the danger to a minimum.

The fifth and final goal was a superb penalty corner move, finished off with a great deflection by Lizzy Wheelhouse.

Ipswich will now enjoy some well-deserved time off, before they start planning for next season and their target of returning to the National League.

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