Bitter Vase defeat

Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. Paul Cousins leads his team out. ENGANL00220120110101426
Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. Paul Cousins leads his team out. ENGANL00220120110101426

Wisbech Town FC need to regroup after their Wembley dream was ended on Saturday, says player/joint boss Paul Cousins.

The Fenmen were bidding to equal their best-ever FA Carlsberg Vase run, where they reached the semis in 1986, but Cousins said they did not deserve to be eliminated at the quarter-final stage after hitting the woodwork three times at Sholing.

Speaking after the 1-0 away defeat at the Silverlake Arena in Southampton, he commented: “A lot of people are now saying that’s it, that’s the season over, I’m not going to bother watching Wisbech for the rest of the season.

“But we’re all going for a meal on Tuesday or Wednesday night. We are just having a chat about things and see where we go from there.

“We can quite easily toss the season away, but we don’t want to do that. We want to build for next year. We will probably make three or four changes for next season if we stay in this league.

“We need to pick everyone up for next week. Kieran Doherty we’ve not heard yet about his suspension (for a sending-off last week against Northampton Sileby Rangers).

“It will be three games for a straight red card, I’d have thought. We have a couple of midweek games coming up so he’ll probably just miss a week.”

Wisbech host Cogenhoe United on Saturday and Wellingborough Town on Tuesday in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.

Cousins added that the defeat was particularly difficult to swallow: “It’s our best run in about 24 years so the lads have been fantastic, but it is so, so hard to take when we have played better teams and have beaten them.

“It’s difficult to take, especially for the older ones like myself and Tony Battersby, because that’s probably the last chance we will ever have.

“I’m probably feeling a lot worse than anyone else.”