Apted stars as East lift the ti­tle in Bris­tol

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Etbusiness Daily -

chance af­ter Shep­pard had saved the ini­tial short corner.

The East then fell be­hind to the host­ing West side who hit them on the break to score against the run of play but again Apted lev­elled to earn a 1-1 draw - only a fine goal­keep­ing dis­play deny­ing the East vic­tory.

Apted opened the scor­ing in the final qual­i­fier, net­ting with a re­verse stick shot against the Com­bined Ser­vices. A for­tu­nate goal made it 1-1 but Brown and Ju­lian Codgell of Brox­bourne gave the East a 3-1 win and they pro­gressed as group win­ners.

The East went into the semi-fi­nals in search of re­venge, hav­ing lost at the same stage 12 months ago to the same op­po­nents, but it was the South who went ahead in the first half.

To make mat­ters worse, Apted went off with a tight ham­string but a late short corner goal from Adrian Craw­ley of Brox­bourne took the game to penalty strokes.

Mark Bray­brook (Dere­ham), Ap- ted, Craw­ley, Kul­winder Julta and Shippey all con­verted for the East while Shep­pard was in fine form be­tween the sticks. He went close to sav­ing the first and fifth ef­forts but more im­por­tantly kept out the third as the East reached the final.

The Mid­lands were bid­ding to be­come the first team to re­tain the ti­tle but de­spite Apted, the tour­na­ment’s top-scorer, play­ing at half-pace he was still prov­ing a class act and played a big part in their vic­tory.

Apted, a for­mer New Zealand in­ter­na­tional, and keeper Shep­pard - who re­cently played his 350th con­sec­u­tive first-team game span­ning 16 sea­sons for Wis­bech - will now join Drake in tri­als for the Eng­land Mas­ters squad at Hamp­ton-in-ar­den on May 20. The tri­als are to se­lect a squad for next month’s Home In­ter­na­tion­als in Ed­in­burgh and the Mas­ters World Cup at Can­ter­bury in Au­gust.

City of Peter­bor­ough man­ager Jon Short was also in ac­tion, play­ing in goal for Wales. East squad - James Shep­pard (Wis­bech), Jonathan Shippey (Wis­bech), Ju­lian Cogdell (Brox­bourne, Carl Parkes (Clac­ton), Paul Dover (Thur­rock), Ver­non Brown (Bish­ops Stort­ford), Kul­winder Jutla (Ramgarhia), Jim Pal­lis­ter (Nor­wich City), Adam Drake (City of Peter­bor­ough), Nick Sea­grave (St Al­bans), Brad Apted (Wis­bech), Gary Hales (Long Sut­ton), Richard Lloyd (Cam­bridge No­mads), Phil Clegg (Cam­bridge City), Mark Bray­brook (Dere­ham), Adrian Craw­ley (Brox­bourne).

WIS­BECH WON­DERS: From the left, Brad Apted, James Shep­pard and Jonathan Shippey.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.