Bacon bags early strike to halt run

Wivenhoe 0, Wisbech Town 1

THE Fenmen ended a run of four games without a win with Chris Bacon scoring the only goal of the game after just five minutes on Saturday.

Manager Steve Appleby gave new signing Denny Escorcio a place in the starting line-up and the former March and Soham player produced a very hard working performance but shot too high with his best chance of a goal after the break.

Wisbech got off to a very good start forcing three corners in the first five minutes.

It was from the third one that they took the lead when Scott Johnson’s inswinging corner was met by Bacon at the far post and headed home.

But after that early breakthrough it was a game of few chances played on a rock hard and bumpy pitch with a strong breeze not helping either side.

Stacy Cartwright had a well hit free kick saved early in the second half while at the other end Tom Roberts was rarely called upon behind some good defending although Wivenhoe’s Tim Dennis headed narrowly wide.

Ollie Pinner also hooked a shot over the bar from close range towards the end.

Appleby said: “Conditions did not make it easy for good football and it was a bit of a scrappy game.

“They were direct and not surprisingly battling for everything but we defended well after we got the early goal. There were a few balls across the face of their goal but we could just not get a finish on them.

“We had a couple of penalty shouts too when Steve Reid was blatantly pulled back in the area and Ollie Gale was fouled.

“The win puts us back on track and we have to keep going to the end of the season picking up as many points as possible and see where it leaves us.

“I thought Denny did well on his debut and Tom Roberts did what he had to do with little trouble.”

Wisbech: Tom Roberts, Jon Fairweather, Scott Johnson, Paul Cousins, Stacy Cartwright, Adam Millson, Lewis Thompson, Steven Reid, Chris Bacon, Denny Escorcio, Ollie Gale. Subs used: Ollie Pinner, Anthony Reeve, Neal Spafford.