King’s Lynn 1 Wisbech Town 4
A DREAM first half which brought them a 3-0 lead earned Wisbech a derby victory over their rivals from up the A47 on Saturday.
Dubi Ogbonna bagged a brace and fellow recent signing from Soham, Rogan McGeorge, also got his first goal for the club at The Walks against a side a level above them, following King’s Lynn’s summer promotion to the EvoStik League, to complete a highly satisfactory day for Steve Appleby’s men.
With four ex-Linnets in the starting XI (Ogbonna, Paul Cousins, Chris Bacon and Adam Millson) the side had something to prove, however boss Steve Appleby said: “All of them should be up for it from both parties – because it’s a local derby. Local pride is at stake.
“I loved my time at Lynn and I really enjoyed it here. I think it is a fantastic club. We’ve beaten them today and the manager of Wisbech is where my loyalty is. I hope both teams do well this season.
“The fans will be singing from the rooftops and we’ve got bragging rights.
“Lynn lost today but it might be us next time. As Gary Setchell [Lynn’s former Wisbech boss] will tell you, it’s near enough a realistic game as to what your first league game will be.
“Playing against your local rivals is far better for the players than any other side because sometimes they take it easy or they get nonchalant.
“Chris and Dubi were fantastic. A goalscorer needs to score, and the earlier he does, the bigger boost he gets. As soon as they got their goals, they went up to another level.
“We knew they’d get a rollicking from Setch at half-time and that they would be firing and get more possession.”
Setchell said: “Fair play to Wisbech. They went 2-0 up early on and that raised them. We were deflated and we never got going until half-time.
“The goals we gave away were terrible and Dubi scored a good goal.”
Just eight minutes into the sides’ first meeting in nine years Chris Bacon used his persistence to latch on to a ball out of defence by keeper Lea Jordan despite the presence of two home defenders. The striker was perhaps unnecessarily fouled by Linnets goalkeeper Alex Street diving at his feet.
Bacon chipped the resulting penalty down the middle of goal to confidently bag his second strike of the friendly campaign.
In the 10th minute a terrible back-pass from Lynn winger Stephen Spriggs went to the grateful Dubi Ogbonna, who slotted the ball past Street for his first goal in Fenmen colours.
Bacon went on a surging run and passed out to Ollie Gale who shot across the face of goal in the 24th minute. Shortly after Lynn went up the other end and Lea Jordan smartly saved from Dan Quigley’s header.
Lynn’s Jason Turner headed wide twice and Jon Fairweather was booked after a silly challenge on Turner which caused the first heated argument of the game.
McGeorge smashed his first Wisbech goal into the top corner on the stroke of half-time after a dangerous Gale ball from the left.
Early in the second half Street was out quick to deny Bacon a chance and conceded a corner.
On 79 minutes Ogbonna – who had a brief spell at The Walks – notched a neat breakaway goal following a Lynn corner and calmly shot home.
With nine minutes remaining Spriggs fired a consolation into the roof of the net after sustained pressure on the away goal.
Wisbech: Lea Jordan (Tom Roberts 78), Neal Spafford, Stacy Cartwright, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Rogan McGeorge (Sam Cubberley 87), Chris Bacon (Simon Mowbray 56), Adam Millson, Dubi Ogbonna (Max Mattless 90), Steven Reid, Ollie Gale. Sub not used: Darren Jimson. Att: 467.
l The 2012-13 Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division fixtures have been released and the Fenmen will start their campaign at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday, August 4. That’s followed by a trip to Haverhill Rovers on Tuesday, August 7.
Boxing Day sees the first visit of newly-promoted Godmanchester Rovers to the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium with Wisbech making the return trip on Easter Monday (April 1). The Fenmen visit Ely City on New Year’s Day.