Fenmen drop points after double dismissal

Wisbech Town 2, CRC 2

The Fenmen finished with nine players but really should have taken the three points against a young Cambridge side at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

Jon Fairweather and skipper Paul Cousins received red cards in the second half, but Steve Appleby’s side still looked the more likely winners.

Yet again Wisbech gave away an early goal when Lea Jordan failed to clear his lines properly and the ball was lobbed back over his head into the net.

Dubi Ogbonna hit his 11th goal of the season for the equaliser when he made room on the edge of the box and fired a good shot into the bottom corner.

At this stage Wisbech looked the better side although they did not make the most of some good build-up play.

They fully deserved to take the lead though when the hard-working Chris Bacon pulled the ball back for Ogbonna to fire home.

But a ball over the top caught Wisbech out and, although the CRC player looked offside, the linesman failed to flag and Jon Fairweather bundled down the forward as he tried to retrieve the situation.

The referee awarded a penalty and Fairweather was shown a red card as last man. CRC scored from the penalty spot.

Wisbech continued to press for the three points going just three at the back but with 15 minutes to go Cousins, who had already been booked for disputing the penalty, was adjudged to have given a CRC player a tug and the referee produced a second yellow and then a red card.

Even reduced to nine men Wisbech still went for the win and should have been rewarded for their bravery when Ogbonna missed the chance of a hat-trick in the last two minutes.

Appleby commented: “This was definitely two points dropped for us. When we took the lead in the second half and were in control I thought we would get two or three more goals and win comfortably.

“For the second goal their player looked to be offside when he went clear. Jon Fairweather has tried to nick the ball and the player has gone down. It was a sending off by the letter of the law then.

“I did feel the referee was not very consistent. He seemed to give the young Cambridge players the benefit. Their left back has committed a dozen fouls before being booked.

“Cousi was booked a second time for pulling a player back but I did not see the contact. But even with nine men we have still gone for the win and Dubi should have had a third goal.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Neal Spafford, Scott Johnson, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Steven Reid, Chris Bacon, Adam Millson, Dubi Ogbonna, Rogan McGeorge, Ollie Gale. Subs used: Anthony Reeve, Darren Jimson, Toby Ogbonna.