Fenmen lift league cup

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Ridgeons League Cup Final

Wisbech Town 1, Wroxham 0

Callum Reed’s goal ended Wisbech Town’s 16-year wait to lift an Eastern Counties League Cup on Monday.

Midfielder Reed struck home a contentious penalty for a push in the box after 13 minutes to take a tight Ridgeons League Cup showdown at Dereham FC on a windy afternoon, as Wisbech concluded a successful campaign with their fifth win in this competition.

The Fenmen were good value for their win over rivals and Norfolk powerhouses Wroxham, with captain Paul Cousins leading by example when the going got tough in the second half.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby said this cup win is an ideal platform for more success: “The monkey’s off our back. No-one’s got a divine right, but once we’ve got some silverware the lads can believe they can win things.

“The wind was howling and we had to dig deep as Wroxham are a quality side.”

Reed was a constant thorn in the Wroxham side during a one-sided first half and it was his cross that nearly led to a second goal before the interval, but both Darren Jimson and Ash Stevens fluffed their lines in the box.

Wroxham’s only chance of the first half saw Gary Gilmore force Lea Jordan into a good save down to his left.

The Wisbech goal lived a charmed life at times in the second half but the Fenmen defended admirably to protect their advnatge.

Midway through the half Danny Self delivered a perfect ball and Andy Eastaugh’s header hit the Wisbech post.

Former King’s Lynn striker Damien Hilton was denied on the turn by Jordan, who did well between the Wisbech posts when called upon.

Wisbech did have chances of their own in the second period. Stevens saw his header tipped over the bar by Scott Howie following a delightful pass from Reed. Ten minutes from time Lewis Thompson exchanged passes with Matty Lunn before testing the fingertips of Howie with a stinging drive.

Deep into stoppage time Paul Jones beat the offside trap and should have doubled the lead but blazed over the bar.

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Anthony Reeve, Stacy Cartwright, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Callum Reed (Simon Flanz 90), Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson, Darren Jimson (Andy Furnell 81), Ash Stevens (Matt Lunn 81), Scott Johnson. Not used: Chris Horton, Olly Gale