Wisbech Town 3, Mildenhall 0
THE Fenmen brushed off the cobwebs after 23 days without a game to get the New Year off to a fine start with a resounding win in the Ridgeons Premier Division at the Tom Woods Beer Fenland Stadium on Monday afternoon.
There were certainly no signs of any inactivity on Wisbech’s part as they started the game well and always looked the better side and the only real surprise was that it took them so long to open the scoring in front of the 264 crowd.
Some of that was down to the performance of Mildenhall keeper Josh Pope who produced some good saves in the first half, the best of which came when he tipped a Scott Johnson shot on to the bar and over for a corner.
The goal eventually arrived after 38 minutes with Ash Stevens putting the final touches with a tap-in after Lewis Thompson had fed Callum Reed and his shot was spilled to the feet of the Wisbech striker.
And just like buses a second goal was soon to follow after 42 minutes with Paul Jones and Andy Furnell linking well to set up Reed whose shot was blocked by Pope but the Wisbech midfielder made no mistake scoring from the rebound.
Wisbech needed a third goal to kill the game off and it came after 63 minutes when Simon Flanz’s corner was headed on by Anthony Reeve and Thompson arrived at the far post to head home.
The scoring really should not have ended there. Thompson and Reed both shot over the bar from close range and full back Flanz had three shots on target from inside the area without finding the net.
Substitute Darren Jimson also should have been better rewarded for a piece of magic when he shot from 40 yards out and the ball clipped the underside of the bar. There were appeals that the ball had crossed the line but the officials ruled otherwise.
Manager Steve Appleby was a happy man and commented: “I asked the players for a good start and to get in the Mildenhall players’ faces early on, not allowing them settle and they did just that.
“It was a very good performance from all 14 players. We played some very good football and created a lot of good chances. And at the same time kept a clean sheet which was very good, too. Hopefully we can start to progress up the table over the next few weeks.”
Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Simon Flanz, Scott Johnson, Stacy Cartwright, Anthony Reeve, Callum Reed, Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson, Andy Furnell, Ash Stevens, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Billy Smith, Darren Jimson, Tommy Treacher.
n Wisbech are away to Brantham on Saturday in the Ridgeons league and although the Essex side have struggled this season they hit form on Saturday with a 5-2 win at Wivenhoe Town.
Skipper Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather and Aaron Turner are available after missing Monday’s game and Appleby added: “Team selection will give me a bit of a headache as the lads who played on Monday all did very well. But it is a nice problem to have.
“Brantham may be down the table but they performed well against us and were unlucky not to beat us at home earlier in the season and had a very good win on Saturday.”
n Appleby has called for a fans’ forum to be held tomorrow night (Thursday) at 7.30pm at the ground as he feels he needs to address some of the points being raised on the club forum regarding the use of substitutes.