Fenmen fail to make home advantage count

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Fenmen manager Steve Appleby was looking for three points on Saturday but in the end was grateful for the one point at the Tom Woods Beers Fenland Stadium.

Appleby said: “We just did not turn up on the day and I was happy with a point in the end. To be honest Lea Jordan has had to make the better saves.

“I was far from happy with our performance and let the players know.

“But I do know we can come back from this but it is disappointing when you get yourselves in the top six and then go and fail at home.”

Appleby also believes there was a big turning point in the game when Wisbech led 2-1 after 64 minutes when the Walsham goalkeeper spilled the ball and Jon Fairweather put the ball into the net.

He said: “Fairweather has not even moved and it was the keeper who came down on him. With the next move they went up the other end and equalised.

“But to be fair we did not play as well as we can and deserved to be behind early on in the game.”

In fact Wisbech were lucky not to trail after 12 minutes when Walsham wasted a chance from the penalty spot after a foul by Stacy Cartwight. The spot kick went wide of the target.

But two minutes later Wisbech took a fortunate lead when Matt Lunn’s ball in the box was turned into his own net by Walsham skipper Gavin Johnson.

Wisbech hit a second goal 10 minutes later with Lunn setting up Ash Stevens to strike from a narrow angle.

In between the goal Wisbech were thankful to Jordan for a very good save but after 34 minutes he could do little to keep out an effort at the back post highlighting some poor defending by the home side.

Wisbech were never firing on all cylinders, missing the skills of Callum Reed in the middle of the park and too often wasting good possession.

Walsham eventually got what they deserved after 65 minutes with an equaliser with a good move rounded off by a good header with the home defence again caught out.

There was some urgency from Wisbech as they strived to get in front again with Paul Jones and Lunn going close but it was just not to be for the Fenmen.

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