Ford hits hat-trick for depleted Fenmen

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Wisbech Town 3,

AFC Kempston Rovers 0

Striker Josh Ford completed a hat-trick for the Fenmen who are now down to the bare bones.

Ford’s 17th minute goal separated the sides at the break in the UCL Premier. He added strikes in the 51st (penalty) and 90th minutes.

Boss Dick Creasey said he has just 12 players available for last night’s league cup semi-final at AFC Rushden.

Stuart Cobb had sustained a cracked rib against AFC Rushden last week and is out for two to three weeks. Nathan Horne (groin) is out for a similar time-span, while Neal Spafford lasted just 15 minutes on Saturday.

Last night Tommy Treacher was cup-tied while Nick Bishop started a four-game suspension.

Treacher will return for next weekend’s trip to Desborough Town.

On Easter Monday (3pm) at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium, Wisbech Town host Holbeach United in a derby.

Creasey said: “We’ve got three games in the next eight days and I’ll be very surprised if Spaff is involved in any of them.

“I’ve tried to beg, borrow or steal a player but at this time of year everyone’s in the same boat. They don’t want to risk sending anybody.

“I was pleased with Saturday. They were a bit flat after last week (when Rushden levelled in the 99th minute) but they’ve come back and put in a good shift.

“Josh took all three goals well.

“The first dropped over his shoulder and he hit it in, the second was a penalty and the third a header.”

Reserve player, 18-year-old striker Ryan Alexander, made his first team debut when coming off the bench.

Wisbech: Jordan, Johnson, Fairweather, Cousins, Spafford (Bishop), Smith (Alexander), Reid, Millson, Lunn, Ford, James (Beaumont). Attendance: 167.

ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League

Premier Division top three

AFC Rushden 35 27 5 3 86

Wisbech 34 25 4 5 79

Thurnby Nir 34 25 2 7 74