Long Buckby 5,
Wisbech Town 1
Wisbech Town joint boss Paul Cousins has made a centre-half his number one New Year target after this heavy defeat on Saturday.
He said following the 5-1 United Counties League Premier Division reverse: “We need to get a centre-half in but we need to get someone who is not cup-tied for the FA Vase, which is hard at this time of the season.
“I don’t want to get someone in who can play for two weeks and then will be cup-tied.”
The visitors were two behind within ten minutes. Callum Stocks replied following a through-ball from Matt Lunn to give the Fenmen a fighting chance at 2-1, but Cousins was displeased with the team’s response.
“In the second half we were right back in it. We were on top and we bombarded them. The frustrating thing is we seemed to give up after it was 3-1.
“We started off very slow. Lea Jordan was blinded by the sun for the first goal and they scored straight afterwards.
“We had a chat afterwards and I was frustrated by their goals. We had enough chances to draw, or even win it.
“There were tired legs on a heavy pitch, but it shouldn’t have mattered because it was heavy for them as well.
“They won more individual battles than we did. The game showed me quite a lot. When you’re going away to places you need to fight for it.”
“There are going to be the same conditions at this time of year and you have got to learn to deal with it. You can’t expect a carpet. Our pitch is better than most in the league.”
He was disappointed with the Boxing Day postponement at home to Holbeach, as the match referee decided a section of the pitch was too dangerous due to mud and thus called the match off.
“The pitch at Long Buckby was worse than ours,” he added.
Joint manager Scott Johnson and midfielder Danny White are set to return next weekend at Northampton Sileby Rangers, while Steve Reid is away.
Wisbech: Jordan, Docherty, Cousins, Spafford, Reed, Millson, Lunn, Tricks, Stocks (Green), Battersby, James.