Wisbech Town 2, Ely 1
THE Fenmen came out on top in the first of their three end of season games against the top three in the Ridgeons Premier Division at the Fenland Stadium on Easter Monday to complete two wins in three days.
Ely City, understrength with bans and unavailability, looked the shadow of a side that have been battling for the title all season.
But Wisbech can only beat what is put in front of them and although they made it a little difficult with too many stray passes and poor finishing they still ended with the three points while Ely did not have a serious shot on goal until four minutes from the end.
Fenmen manager Steve Appleby made four changes but young Danny Emmington was given the striker’s role in place of the absent Denny Escorcio.
Wisbech took the lead after 16 minutes with a bit of a gift from Ely. Goalkeeper James Greygoose failed to hold a header back to him from a defender and Neal Spafford took advantage to shoot into an empty net.
Chris Bacon had the easiest of chances to add a second goal when a long ball from Scott Johnson left him with only the keeper to beat from eight yards out but Greygoose managed to push the shot wide of the post. Soon after Bacon sent a free kick from 25 yards wide of the post.
Ely never really posed a threat to Wisbech’s lead but the home side should have made more advantage of their possession.
The second goal came eventually after 65 minutes. Fairweather had a header cleared off the line but from the resultant corner he forced the ball into the net after another effort had been cleared from under the crossbar.
Four minutes from time Ely made things interesting when they scored from a cross with Gammon on target but Wisbech held out for the win.
Appleby said: “It was a scrappy game but I thought we did it well enough and we were the better team. It would be nice to finish the season on a good run. We’ve got Felixstowe away on Saturday and then Wroxham at home next Tuesday night.
“We have lost twice to Wroxham this season so it would be nice to put one over them.”
Wisbech: Tom Roberts, Anthony Reeve (Ollie Pinner), Jon Fairweather, Paul Cousins, Stacy Cartwright (Ollie Gale), Neal Spafford, Adam Millson, Steven Reid, Scott Johnson, Chris Bacon, Danny Emmington (Darren Jimson).