Wisbech Town 5, Walsham 2
CHRIS Bacon scored his first hat-trick for Wisbech Town in the Ridgeons Premier Division to put the seal on three points at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday and to confirm that Steve Appleby’s side will finish the campaign in at least fourth place.
Bacon, who also scored a hat-trick in the League Cup against Downham earlier in the season, has now scored 32 goals this season and was also named the Supporters Player of the Season after the game.
It was a scrappy start to the first half but once Denny Escorcio linked up with Bacon to score the opener after 26 minutes Wisbech always looked comfortable.
Bacon looked to be brought down for a penalty two minutes later but Ollie Gale picked up the loose ball to have his shot blocked and Bacon was back on his feet to put the ball into the net.
The third goal came after 39 minutes from a cross by Scott Johnson after a corner and Jon Fairweather headed home.
Wisbech were flying now and really the half-time whistle came to Walsham’s rescue.
After the break Walsham looked the sharper and had a slice of luck with their first goal that looked suspiciously offside, but buoyed by this they came again and took advantage of some sloppy defending to score a second goal.
Fortunately Wisbech responded well and perhaps the injustice of the first Walsham goal helped bring a reaction.
Bacon then scored two good solo goals. The first came in the 81st minute when he raced clear and then eight minutes later he chipped the keeper to complete his hat-trick. It was now comfortable again for Wisbech and they ran out worthy winners in their final home game of the season.
Appleby said: “Once we scored the first goal we were flying and perhaps should have had more goals. We did not start the second half as well and Walsham were back in the game with two goals.
“I think the players were then mad with themselves for letting them back into the game and reacted well with Chris Bacon completing his hat-trick for a comfortable win in the end.”
Wisbech: Tom Roberts, Jon Fairweather, Stacy Cartwright, Ollie Pinner, Scott Johnson; Neal Spafford, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Ollie Gale, Chris Bacon, Denny Escorcio. Subs used: Anthony Reeve, Lewis Thomspon, Matt Lunn.