Wisbech Town 4,
Halstead Town 0
THE Fenmen made it three straight wins with this comfortable success against the Ridgeons Division One leaders at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.
Steve Appleby’s side always had too much quality for the visitors especially in the final third of the pitch with Wisbech keeper Ryan Rayner a mere spectator for long periods.
However it was Halstead who started the better and Wisbech were a little sloppy until taking the lead after 13 minutes.
A Neal Spafford long throw-in down the line fell into the path of Liam Nimmo and his cross into the box was met perfectly by the head of Ollie Gale, who had made a determined run to get to the ball first.
From then on Wisbech got more into their rhythm and were gifted a goal after 29 minutes when a mix-up saw Halstead’s central defender heading the ball past the advancing goalkeeper leaving Chris Bacon with a simple chance of scoring into an empty net.
Nimmo then had a chance to add a third but the keeper did well to save. But a minute before the break Nimmo did find the net from close range for the third goal after Callum Reed put the ball across the face of the goal.
With the game in the bag the second half was really almost a non-event. Reed went off after seven minutes with a foot injury and Nick Davey came on as Wisbech went 4-3-3.
The fourth goal came after 75 minutes and deservedly went to young Sam Murphy who had worked hard all game. Bacon crossed to the far post and Murphy beat his man to the ball and rammed it into the net.
Three minutes later Appleby brought off Paul Jones and Stacy Cartwright and on came the veteran Mark Jimson and Dale Martin.
In the end it was very comfortable for Wisbech. They will play better and lose this season but Appleby can be delighted with the way youngsters like Gale and Murphy have performed.
Appleby said: “We did not play particularly well but did enough to win it comfortably in the end. We had players missing but it shows our strength in depth with Ollie and Sam coming in and doing well.
“We were a bit sloppy early on but once the first two goals came the game was settled. We can improve on this and there are still things to work on for us. But it is a very good start with three wins and we have to be delighted with that.”
Wisbech: Ryan Rayner, Neal Spafford, Simon Ashton, Anthony Reeve, Stacy Cartwright, Callum Reed, Paul Jones, Sam Murphy, Ollie Gale, Chris Bacon, Liam Nimmo. Subs used: Nick Davey, Mark Jimson, Dale Martin.