Diss Town 0,
Wisbech Town 2
Two late goals sealed the three points for the Fenmen when it looked as if the game was heading for a stalemate in the Ridgeons League Premier on Saturday.
It leaves the Fenmen in a handy third spot, three points behind leaders Dereham Town, who have played one more game than Wisbech.
Wisbech boss Steve Appleby praised the contribution at Brewers Green Lane of two new faces for this season.
Well, make that one returning face and one new face. First on the scoresheet was Jon Fairweather who has come back from a coaching spell in the USA, and making his debut for the club was midfielder Adam Millson who was signed last week. Liam Nimmo got the second goal.
Appleby said: “Millson started and did reasonably well, and got stronger as the game went on. It was a promising debut.
“Jon Fairweather had an excellent game and capped it by scoring our first goal.”
Appleby attempted to sign Milson last season but the 21-year-old joined King’s Lynn for a short period.
He has since joined Boston United and remains on their books.
Fairweather actually watched last week’s two cup ties against local rivals March, but was not signed in time to play. He opened the scoring when his free-kick sailed over the home keeper’s head.
Appleby added: “We didn’t play particularly well, but kept going. The result away from home is what we’re happy about more than the performance.
“They had a couple of chances, and we had a couple. Lewis Thompson and Millson had a couple of drives saved by their keeper. Diss worked really hard, so give them credit the way they played.
“We didn’t get going all game and I felt it was headed for 0-0, so to get the two goals at the end, I’m well happy.
“There was a lot of huffing and puffing, and sometimes you have to grind out a result.”
Nick Davey went close with an overhead kick which was saved by the home keeper.
The Fenmen’s second goal came following fine work by late substitutes Ollie and Matt Lunn, and Nimmo converted the resulting goalmouth scramble.
The Fenmen missed Scott Johnson, Anthony Reeve, Callum Reed and Steve Reid, plus long-term injury victim Darren Jimson.
Appleby said it demonstrates the depth of his squad that they won without those influential team members: “All those players we had missing would usually start – that’s nearly half a side. It shows hopefully that the squad has depth.
“In the first cup game against March we didn’t get going, and I asked for a response. In midweek against March we played well and won it, and today we ground out a 2-0 win.
“I can’t criticise the lads too much. You accept at our level that there are things you have to work on. If they give you their all, that’s all you can ask.”
Wisbech: Rayner, Spafford, Cartwright, Ashton, Davey, Fairweather, Jones, Thompson, Bacon, Nimmo, Millson. Subs used: Lunn, Gale.