Fenmen struggle to a lacklustre home draw

Wisbech Town 1, Felixstowe 1

THE Fenmen once again showed their inconsistency at home with a lacklustre performance on Saturday after four good wins promised a good end to the season.

Just when you think things are going really well Steve Appleby’s side throw in a bad one and this was their seventh home draw in the Ridgeons Premier Division this season.

Manager Steve Appleby is getting really frustrated and commented: “It was another of those not turn-up performances. After a good run we just did not perform.

“We tried to play some football but once we got frustrated we reverted to the long ball.

“We really lacked a leader on the pitch and that is why we miss Paul Cousins so much. We need someone to urge us on when things are not going well. There was a decent crowd but at times you can hear a pin drop and the players need to do enough to get a reaction from the fans.

“It is results like this that have dogged our season. We could have been among the league leaders and not on their coat tails. I am sure against the likes of Leiston and Debenham in our next two games we will be up for it, but you have to do it against the lesser teams too.

“In the end they could have won but for two saves from Lea Jordan.”

Wisbech started the game well enough with Ash Stevens going close to scoring from a Callum Reed corner as they played the better football but had nothing to show and the visitors began to grind them down.

Eight minutes before the break Felixstowe took the lead with Wisbech caught square and McKenzie racing through to find the net.

Appleby’s half-time words produced better efforts’ and Wisbech equalised on the hour when Ash Stevens held the ball up for Simon Flanz to score from 22 yards out with a clinical finish.

This really should have been the spark for Wisbech to go on and win the game but Andy Furnell hit the woodwork and Lewis Thompson wasted another very good chance.

At the other end Jordan showed his alertness to deny the visitors with a smart save and then Darren Jimson brought the best out of the visitors’ keeper with a volley. In the end a draw was a fair result but not one Wisbech should be happy with.

Young Olly Gale, who came on in the first half for the injured Stacy Cartwright, acquitted himself well once more.

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Simon Flanz, Jon Fairweather, Anthony Reeve, Stacy Cartwright, Callum Reed, Lewis Thompson, Paul Jones, Adam Weston, Ash Stevens, Andy Furnell. Subs used: Darren Jimson, Olly Gale and Sam Murphy.

Wisbech travel to Debenham LC on Saturday with Matt Lunn and Scott Johnson both available again.

The only injury worry is Cartwright, who came off with an ankle injury against Felixstowe.

Appleby commented: “It is an away game so I expect a much better performance and I’m sure the players will be up for it.”