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Fenmen must pitch in to weather heavy going

Festive vandals lacking Christmas spirit have caused an estimated �500 worth of damage to Wisbech Town Football Clubs toilets.
Club press officer Spencer Larham, who lives onsite, believes the vandalism to the facilities facing the pitch and adjacent to the dressing-rooms took place some time between the Fenmens home Boxing Day clash and Sunday morning, when it was discovered.
He said: Its just wanton vandalism, theres no two ways of describing it. Someone has also tried to have a go at the banner in the main stand. Norfolk Police will be sending someone over to investigate.
Damage includes soap dispensers being ripped off the walls, a mirror smashed in the ladies, towels thrown about, the door leading to the dressing-rooms kicked-in, and a tap ruined in the disabled loo.
Pictured is the wrecked disabled toilet.

Festive vandals lacking Christmas spirit have caused an estimated �500 worth of damage to Wisbech Town Football Clubs toilets. Club press officer Spencer Larham, who lives onsite, believes the vandalism to the facilities facing the pitch and adjacent to the dressing-rooms took place some time between the Fenmens home Boxing Day clash and Sunday morning, when it was discovered. He said: Its just wanton vandalism, theres no two ways of describing it. Someone has also tried to have a go at the banner in the main stand. Norfolk Police will be sending someone over to investigate. Damage includes soap dispensers being ripped off the walls, a mirror smashed in the ladies, towels thrown about, the door leading to the dressing-rooms kicked-in, and a tap ruined in the disabled loo. Pictured is the wrecked disabled toilet.

Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby is resigned to facing another heavy pitch in the first game of the New Year.

The Fenmen’s next game is scheduled to be tonight (Wednesday, 7.45pm kick-off) at Ely City, who lie in 14th position.

Appleby said: “It will be a local derby on a heavy pitch so it won’t be pretty. It’s the same for both sides so we’ve got to get on with it.

“It doesn’t matter if they are at the top or bottom, we’ve got to get back to winning.

“We’ve had a couple of draws and called it a blip. We need three points to keep up with five or six teams still in with a chance of the title.

Defender Neal Spafford is suspended, while wide man Ollie Gale is working.

Spafford will return on Saturday when Wisbech have a massive game hosting leaders Mildenhall; while the Fenmen travel for a Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final derby at March Town on Tuesday.

Wisbech are currently eight points behind Mildenhall but have two games in hand, so victory in this ‘six-pointer’ will prove a massive shot in the arm to the promotion hopes of Appleby’s troops.

Wisbech Town 0,

Godmanchester Rovers 0

Fenmen striker Chris Bacon will be suspended for the FA Vase fourth round clash after seeing red during a Boxing Day stalemate at a muddy Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.

Bacon was sent off for a second half clash with an opposition player.

The forward, who kicked out around the 70-minute mark, will miss the Vase trip to Gornal Athletic on Saturday, January 19.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “It was frustration. He has lashed out after the lad has grabbed him. From where I was it was difficult to see if it’s a red or yellow card.

“We haven’t had the paperwork back yet so we don’t know if it’ll be a one-game ban or if the referee has put violent conduct, then it will be three games.”

Appleby brought on three substitutes in the middle of the second half – Ollie Gale, Deakan Napier and Jack Friend for Matt Lunn, Rogan McGeorge, and Dubi Ogbonna respectively – but the hosts could not break the deadlock.

Appleby said a combination of an early start and a heavy pitch were factors in the result: “They contributed to it but there are no excuses. At the minute we’re not being on top of our game.”

It means the Fenmen were frustrated for the third league match in a row at home, where they have collected just two points during that spell.

The festive and weekend results leave Wisbech sixth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.

The rain-lashed pitch was only passed fit following an early-morning inspection and the surface did not recover in time for last Saturday’s home fixture against Felixstowe & Walton Utd which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Cartwright, Spafford, Reeve, Reid, Bacon, Millson, Ogbonna, McGeorge, Lunn. Subs: Gale, Napier, Friend.

 

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