Gorleston 2, Wisbech Town 3
A SUPERB hat-trick by Dubi Ogbonna earned Wisbech three vital points in this Thurlow Nunn Premier top of the table clash on Saturday.
It led manager Steve Appleby to say of Chris Bacon and Ogbonna: “I think we have got the best strike force in this league. I think they work brilliantly and play well together and they work so hard for the team.
“If one is having an off-day then the other will be OK.”
The Fenmen go up to second after conceding early on along with treatment required for keeper Lea Jordan.
Town were 1-0 down in the seventh minute but the outstanding Ogbonna levelled soon afterwards. Ogbonna scored his second ten minutes before the break and just after half-time the summer signing from Soham completed his hat-trick.
Gorleston replied almost immediately, but boss Appleby praised his strikers who proved to be the difference between the sides.
“Chris Bacon and Dubi were great up front. Dubi’s finishing was sensational. If you had seen two of his goals in the Premiership you would have been in awe, but it was a great team effort.”
The visitors could have had two penalties, and Appleby commented: “I thought one was a stonewall penalty, on Matt Lunn – how that wasn’t given I’ll never know. If you don’t get one of those, you’ll never get one until the end of the season.
“The second one was more debatable – I can see why the ref didn’t give it.”
As a bonus, skipper Paul Cousins came off the bench following a speedy recovery from his calf injury, and Appleby said: “Paul was fit and I just decided to stick with what we had last week. I wasn’t rushing him and he will play on Tuesday night.
“I think it was a big three points anyway as Gorleston are up there and doing well. We made it slightly difficult for ourselves by giving away a sloppy goal early on and we took our foot off the gas at 3-1.
“We are just sitting behind the leaders, which is fine. We wanted to be up there and put pressure on the top.
“We just had one slip-up against Brantham, so to win five, draw one and lose one out of the first seven you’ve got to be reasonably happy. It’s where we’d like to be.”
Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Cartwright, Spafford, Johnson, Reid, Millson, Lunn, McGeorge, Bacon, D. Ogbonna. Subs used: Cousins, Gale, Jimson.