Appleby fumes at collapse

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Kirkley 4, Wisbech Town 2

FENMEN boss Steve Appleby said his team lacked passion and fight after watching them concede a two-goal advantage in Saturday’s Ridgeons Premier Division game.

For Appleby it was a big disappointment and he said: “For 50 minutes we looked comfortable leading 2-0 but then we hit the woodwork and they scored with a fantastic goal and we collapsed.

“We just did not regroup at 2-1 and continued to play as individuals and not as a team. It is the first time since I have been in charge that we lacked passion and fight and hopefully it will be the last time because I can’t accept that.

“If we don’t bounce back then we can say goodbye to all our dreams for this season. I have sent the lads away to have a long, hard look at themselves about what they want out of football.”

Wisbech started the game well with Nick Davey curling the ball into the net after seven minutes from a Chris Bacon pass.

Things looked even better for the Fenmen within three minutes of the second half when Jon Fairweather headed home from a corner and Bacon was only denied by the woodwork.

But then came the best goal of the game when Baker struck a fantastic volley from 25 yards out to beat Ryan Rayner.

This gave the home side the momentum they needed and they soon equalised from a free kick from outside the area.

Kirkley’s pace was always a problem and the home side took the lead at 3-2 with a quick break and a good finish to leave Wisbech in disarray.

In 83rd minute the home side struck again with a fourth goal and a good day had turned into a nightmare.

Wisbech: Ryan Rayner, Neal Spafford, Scott Johnson, Ollie Pinner, Jon Fairweather, Ollie Gale, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Chris Bacon, Nick Davey, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Callum Reed, Anthony Reeve, Sam Murphy.