Fenmen to appeal Reid’s red card

Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby
Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby

Wisbech Town 4,

Long Buckby AFC 1

Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby

Wisbech Town FC v Long Buckby

Despite being down to ten men due to Steven Reid being shown a red card – a decision the Fenmen will appeal – Wisbech won at a canter in the end on Saturday.

They scored three second-half goals at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium in the UCL Premier Division.

After Callum Reed’s 37th minute deflected strike was the difference between the two sides, Callum Stocks netted. On 79 minutes Tony Battersby made it 3-1 and then ten minutes later it was 4-1 thanks to a second strike for Reed. Buckby’s goal came from Joe Power.

This victory raises Wisbech Town one place in the table to sixth spot with 24 points from 17 games.

Reid received his marching orders in the 27th minute for an elbow on a smaller away player, whose head was caught by the midfielder’s arm.

Joint boss Paul Cousins said: “I think the referee reacted to the Long Buckby players surrounding him.

“We are appealing the decision, which was very harsh, so that he won’t miss the FA Vase clash.

“We have got video evidence from Spenny (club press officer Spencer Larham, who video-tapes matches). The lad ran straight onto Steve’s elbow.

“I think the ref was just going to give a free-kick but the lad kept rolling around and showed the blood around his mouth.

“The appeal takes a bit of time but we’re not appealing it for that reason. We’re doing it because it’s the wrong decision. Steve didn’t swing his arm around and he didn’t do it on purpose.

“When it happened to me last week it was a lot worse and it put my teeth through my lip.

“If I’d have rolled around on the floor maybe I could have got the lad sent off. In the second half we came out against the wind and dominated the first ten minutes.

“Sometimes playing against the wind and being down to ten men works for you. We looked the more dangerous side.”

Departing the club is goalkeeper Tom Roberts who joins hometown club Spalding United, and wants to challenge for the number one jersey.

Wisbech: Jordan, Doherty, Johnson, Cousins, Spafford, Stocks, Reed, Reid, White, Battersby, Tricks.