Fenmen pay the price for poor finishing in defeat

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Great Yarmouth 2,

Wisbech Town 1

THE Fenmen’s winning run in the Premier Division came to an end on the east coast on Saturday when poor finishing was the difference between three points and defeat.

Wisbech were without Matt Lunn, Lewis Thompson, Anthony Reeve and Scott Johnson but were still strong enough to dominate most of this game and set up endless chances. But they had only one goal to show for their efforts.

They started very brightly and were soon making inroads into the home defence. They did have the ball in the net after 19 minutes when Callum Reed’s header hit the bar and Andy Furnell put the ball in the net only to be ruled offside.

Five minutes later, though, they did go in front with Furnell shooting across the face of the goal and Ash Stevens tapping the ball into the net.

Billy Smith then hit the post as the ball continually flashed across the face of the Yarmouth goal without a finishing touch. Then the young home keeper produced a double save to keep Wisbech efforts out.

The pattern of play did not change much in the second half but Wisbech were caught on the break against the run of play after 56 minutes and the home side were awarded a penalty when one of their players was brought down.

Wisbech again dominated and there were two good saves from the keeper and a goalline clearance too. However, with six minutes left Wisbech were caught out again when Yarmouth stole in for the winner with an amazing chip from wide right on the edge of the area in a game that they were generally second best but for finishing.

Wisbech can look back on Stevens hitting the woodwork and a one on one chance he did not take, Smith hitting the keeper’s legs with another effort and Furnell shooting wide when well placed.

But in the end it was poor finishing that cost them plus the home keeper who was named man of the match by his grateful manager.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “We had enough chances to win 10 games, let alone just one and we lost the game. I cannot knock the lads. They worked hard and played some good football but could not put the ball in the net and on that score we did not perform well enough.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Simon Flanz, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Stacy Cartwright, Paul Johnson, Aaron Turner, Callum Reed, Billy Smith, Ash Stevens, Andy Furnell. Subs used: Tommy Treacher, Darren Jimson, Sam Murphy.

Wisbech travel to Norwich United on Saturday and central defender Anthony Reeve, who missed the Yarmouth trip, should be available again.

But Appleby will again be without Scott Johnson (ban), Matt Lunn (holiday) and Lewis Thompson (injured).

Aaron Turner has returned from his loan spell at Lakenheath and is expected to continue in Thompson’s midfield role.

Norwich beat CRC 1-0 on Saturday for a fourth successive win and have signed defender Joe Jefford from Lowestoft.