Fenmen exit cup to ten-man Pedlars

Swaffham (black/white) at home to Wisbech in the FA Cup. Swaffham were 2 - 1 up at half time.
Swaffham (black/white) at home to Wisbech in the FA Cup. Swaffham were 2 - 1 up at half time.
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Swaffham (black/white) at home to Wisbech in the FA Cup. Swaffham were 2 - 1 up at half time. The Swaffham keeper saves at the feet of the Wisbech No 11.

Swaffham (black/white) at home to Wisbech in the FA Cup. Swaffham were 2 - 1 up at half time. The Swaffham keeper saves at the feet of the Wisbech No 11.

Wisbech Town crashed out of the FA Cup to the ten-man Pedlars in the extra preliminary round on Saturday.

All of the goals came in the first half at Shoemakers Lane. The Fenmen equalised on 37 minutes but conceded the winner before half-time.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby said: “We had enough chances to win five games. If we can’t beat ten men then we don’t deserve to go through.

“I wasn’t happy. We didn’t play well. We couldn’t string two passes together. Swaffham worked harder than us.

“It was inexplicable but saying that, and I know it sounds crazy, we still got 15 chances – and that was not an exaggeration.”

Ollie Gale levelled with a shot that was deflected in, while the Pedlars’ Mark Allibone was red-carded for an elbow on Jon Fairweather on 25 minutes.

Appleby said on the sending-off: “They were going up for a corner. There was a nudge and he lashed out. The red card meant they raised their game and worked harder.

“Tom James missed a hatful of chances and the keeper has made two or three great saves.”

Former Wisbech forward Joe Jackson had to go off injured at half-time, while Swaffham were fresh from a 7-0 derby triumph over Downham Town in midweek.

Among the best of the away chances were Neal Spafford shooting over when well-placed; while right in the dying seconds Adam Millson was clean through with the goalkeeper to beat, but was denied.

Pedlars manager Paul Hunt said: “We had to be very discliplined and regimented after having a man sent-off and playing three-quarters of the game with only ten men.

“In the second half we allowed Wisbech to play in certain areas. They threw everything at us in the last ten minutes but our back four and midfield were absolutely resolute.

“Wisbech and their fans were very gracious in defeat.”

Wisbech: Roberts, Reeve, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Reid, Lunn, Millson, James, White, Gale. Subs: Spafford, Friend. Not used: Cartwright, Clayton.