Derby defeat comes at heavy price for Fenmen

March Town 3, Wisbech Town 2

MARCH Town took the local bragging rights with a 3-2 win against Wisbech Town in Tuesday night’s friendly at the GER.

The defeat also came with a heavy price for manager Steve Appleby with defenders Neal Spafford and Stacy Cartwright both taken to hospital.

It was later revealed that Spafford suffered no more than bruised ribs.

Cartwright was stretchered off with what was feared a suspected broken leg towards the end of the game but x-rays showed muscle bruising. They should be back this weekend.

Wisbech went ahead after 20 minutes with Liam Nimmo scoring, but March soon equalised through Andy Waite who looked clearly offside on a poor night from the match officials.

Towards the end of the first half Wisbech got well on top with some slick passing and should have really sewn the game up with Spafford heading over a Scott Johnson free kick and then former Fenman Lea Jordan denying Lewis Thompson and Steve Reid with good saves.

But it was March who started the second half the brighter.

Substitute Ricky Goodayle forced a good save from Fenmen goalkeeper Chris Horton with his first touch and then came two quick goals from another substitute Stu Anderson.

The first came after Billy Smith lost the ball in his own half and James McDonagh crossed for Anderson to head home and then he produced a superb chip over Horton’s head to make it 3-1.

Sam Murphy pulled a goal back for Wisbech with a deflected shot and Jordan, who was man of the match, was called up to make three more good saves from Nimmo twice and Murphy.

Manager Brett Whaley was really pleased with his side’s efforts. “The lads did really well. We looked solid at the back and Lea made some very good saves when they did get their chances. Stu Anderson took his goals well. It was a good first effort of the season.”

A not so happy Appleby said: “I felt we finished the first half in command but they caught us cold after the break when we did not defend well and gave the ball away in the wrong places.

“But we did come back and have a pop at them and but for Lea Jordan may have got something out the game.

“But no excuses March deserved their success.”