Wisbech Town 1,
Cogenhoe United 1
Wisbech Town’s half-expected FA Vase hangover struck on Saturday after Matt Lunn had given them the lead after just 40 seconds against ten-man Cogenhoe.
Lunn struck a super goal after beating three players ⚽but️ Tom Liversedge equalised for the Cooks on 20 minutes before the visitors had a man sent off for two bookable offences.
The Fenmen had gone out of the Vase quarter-final the week before and joint boss Dick Creasey agreed this was still hanging over the players’ heads.
Creasey said: “I got what I expected but not what I wanted.
“We were flat.
“I must admit I was the same all week, not particularly interested in football.
“I rallied the players before the game and we’ve now got it out of our systems.
“I said to them after the game that I’ll give you that, but we’ve got to improve soon.
“We’ve set ourselves a little challenge to get as many points as possible.
“We bossed the first half and they went down to ten men.
“Playing against ten men often doesn’t help. It helped us the other week when we were down to ten men.
“They raised their game and we took our foot off the gas.
“The game petered out in the second half and it wasn’t good for people to watch.
“The pitch went from one extreme to the other, it was very dry, bumpy and bobbly and it just didn’t roll.
“Matt just picked the ball up, beat about three men and smashed it in.
“He’s capable of that and has that in his locker but it’s a question of getting it out of there regularly.
“Someone lost their marker for their goal although the lad took it quite well.”
Scott Johnson was taken off with a slight groin strain as a precaution and should have been available for last night’s (Tuesday) home game with Wellingborough Town, who are one spot below seventh-place Wisbech, in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
They travel to second-place AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday, when Kieran Doherty completes his three-game suspension following his recent red card.
Creasey is still keen to sign a forward to bolster the stretched squad.
Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson (White), Cousins, Fairweather, Millson (Tricks), Reed, Reid, Battersby, Cobb, Lunn.