Bacon sizzles as the Fenmen beat leaders

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Dereham Town 1,

Wisbech Town 2

THE Fenmen beat the league leaders away in their own back yard thanks to a second half brace from striker Chris Bacon in the Ridgeons League Premier Division on Saturday.

Dereham went ahead in the first half, and the referee overruled his linesman to award the hosts their goal. However Bacon’s double and the result puts Wisbech fifth in the table.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby said: “We showed what we can do and the boys showed a lot of character after what’s happened in the last couple of weeks.

“We worked hard and played some good stuff. We had two or three good early chances.

“We didn’t want to concede a very early goal, although it came mid-to-late in the first half. After half-time we took it up a notch.”

Appleby said about two-goal hero Chris Bacon: “Chris is a quality guy and a quality footballer. He is a breath of fresh air at the club, and commands respect.

“He has slipped back into the team very well after being on holiday.”

Defenders Anthony Reeve and Stacy Cartwright both returned after injury, and it was no accident that with more first choice men at the back to choose from, Wisbech – who conceded 13 goals in the last two games – looked tighter.

On the return of Cartwright Appleby said: “I put Stacy into the side purely because of balance. We didn’t have a left-footed player in the team before that, and it brought much-needed balance to the side.

“When we won the first five games we all of a sudden had won the league, then for a couple of weeks we had a reality check.

“We just need to be up towards around Christmas, then we can look if we need to add anything to the squad. At the minute we’re heading towards the top.”

Wisbech: Rayner, Reeve, Cartwright, Ashton, Spafford; Fairweather, Murphy, Thompson; Reed, Lunn, Bacon. Subs used: Davey, Gale, Jones.