Cousins comes to the rescue with late winner

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Wisbech Town 2,

Kirkley and Pakefield 1

CAPTAIN courageous Paul Cousins popped up with an injury-time winner for the Fenmen in Saturday’s Ridgeons Premier Division clash at the Tom Woods Beers Fenland Stadium.

The three points were enough to take Wisbech into fifth place but this was a win that they had to grind out after a poor display in the first half.

Just as most teams do when visiting Wisbech this season, Kirkley made sure they got plenty of men behind the ball and made it difficult for Wisbech to break them down and then hit them on the counter attack.

Kirkley took the lead after 16 minutes when Lea Jordan thwarted one attempt with a good save but the rebound was snapped up. That is the way it stayed until the half-time break with Wisbech struggling to get their passing game going on the dry pitch.

Obviously the harsh words from manager Steve Appleby at half-time had the desired effect and Wisbech were a lot more positive after the break and played some better football.

Ash Stevens scored the equaliser after 52 minutes, and really should have given his side the lead when left one on one with the keeper, and Matt Lunn went close with two good efforts.

It looked like time was running out on Wisbech when Cousins came up with a very good header on 91 minutes from a Callum Reed corner to save the day.

Appleby said: “We did not play well in the first half and I had a pop at them at the break. We then got better as the game went on but after we missed a few chances after the equaliser I did think it was going to be one of those days.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Jon Fairweather, Paul Cousins, Stacy Cartwright, Scott Johnson, Callum Reed, Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson, Darren Jimson, Ash Stevens, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Andy Furnell, Adam Weston, Anthony Reeve.

l WIsbech Town are now looking for a new sponsor for the new Fenland Stadium after Tom Woods Beers have run into financial problems.

The Lincolnshire company agreed a three-year deal with the club last summer, believed to be worth £15,000, and have paid for the first season.

Director Dick Creasey said: “We are looking for a new sponsor. Anyone interested can contact John Petch or any director.”