Fenmen lose ground at top after crucial loss

Wisbech Town FC at home to Gorleston FC.
Wisbech Town FC at home to Gorleston FC.

Wisbech Town 0,

Gorleston 2

Wisbech Town FC at home to Gorleston FC.

Wisbech Town FC at home to Gorleston FC.

The Fenmen suffered their first Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division defeat since December 1 after losing this second versus third clash at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

The loss, following two second-half goals by Gorleston, means Dereham stretched their lead to four points at the top with 66 from 29 games. Gorleston are on 62 from 30, Wisbech 61 from 29.

The hosts, while on top during the first half, had few chances overall. Jon Fairweather had a free-kick which was tipped around the post. He was also inches away from a header, while Chris Bacon had a shot saved in the second half.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “For the first 50 minutes we bossed it but we just couldn’t get that goal.

“We went to sleep and they scored and took advantage. I was a bit disappointed in the lads. We gave the ball away and were trying too hard, in their defence.

“We laid down a bit, and afterwards we had that discussion: we need that response when things aren’t going our way.

“If you give it everything and still don’t win you can hold your heads up high, and I don’t think we did that.

“It was a very hard and bobbly pitch and it was all about picking up the second balls.”

Appleby added: “All it does is mean we do need Dereham to slip up now, and we’ve got to play them. There is not a lot of room for many more errors. We’ve got to want it more.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Johnson, Reeve, Cartwright, Reid, Bacon, Millson, Spafford, White, Reed. Subs used: Lunn, Jackson.