Four-some Fenmen cruise through after Vase visit

Wisbech Town Football v Witham Town in the 3rd of the FA Vase'Steven Reid
Wisbech Town Football v Witham Town in the 3rd of the FA Vase'Steven Reid

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Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action

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The Fenmen took a four-goal lead to cruise through the FA Carlsberg Vase Third Round at Dennyfield on Saturday.

Two goals in each half from Steve Reid, Chris Bacon, Adam Millson and Dubi Ogbonna meant Wisbech scooped £1,500 prize money.

Fenmen boss Steve Appleby said: “We’ve had a really good day. The first 15 or 20 minutes it was really tight. We had a great save from Lea Jordan to thank with their first serious shot early on.

“That gave us the belief. Once we got the first goal we took control. We stepped up another gear and they couldn’t handle Dubi and Chris.

“It was a great result and we thoroughly deserved it.”

The match only went ahead following a 9am pitch inspection, which meant the teams – both sponsored by Specsavers – could do battle.

The visitors took the lead in the first quarter-hour. A move down the left resulted in Reid wrong-footing the home centre-half, and his early shot deceived the Dennyboys keeper Bower and the ball went under him.

Just before half-time Ogbonna put strike partner Bacon clean through, and the forward dinked over the keeper in a one-on-one to double the advantage.

Shortly after the break Neal Spafford crossed, Bacon headed over the keeper and Adam Millson had an easy tap-in. On 52 minutes a fourth came from a break: Ogbonna beat a defender and slotted home.

Two late goals, one a penalty and one with the last kick of the game, gave the hosts some consolation.

Appleby added: “Three of four lads were on the floor and we were trying to clear and the ref said it was a handball. I think he felt sorry for them. We switched off in the last few minutes and their goals took a bit of gloss off it.”

Appleby paid tribute to the party of about 100 away supporters: “It’s strange but true that you hear your crowd away from home more than you do at home. Stacy Cartwright and Reid were the best players. Stacy since he has come back (from a nose operation) has been a revelation. He knitted together the defence well.”

Appleby did not think it mattered who scored first on the day: “If they had scored first, I think we still would have enough to have won.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Cousins, Cartwright, Johnson, Spafford, Lunn, Reid, Millson, Bacon, D. Ogbonna. Subs used: Gale, McGeorge, Napier.

l Following last week’s board meeting, it has been decided that the admission prices will increase by £1, making adults £7 and juniors/concessions £5. This new price will be effective as from Saturday’s home match against Kirkley & Pakefield.

The increase was explained as due to the club currently paying double rates, as a result of not being given a rateable value for a long period; plus the promotion push and ground improvements causing extra expense.