Opening day double joy

There was double opening day joy for our two most senior Fenland soccer sides on 
Saturday.

Wisbech Town won 3-1 at Wellingborough in their new surroundings of the United Counties League Premier Division, while March Town United enjoyed a 5-0 triumph at Cornard in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby said: “It was a hard-earned three points.

“It was a baptism of fire for a lot of the players who have not played in the UCL like I have, and have just played in the Thurlow Nunn/Ridgeons League.

“We had to earn the right to win the game. But three points on the board away from home in the first game – I can’t ask for more.”

Scott Johnson and Callum Reed were unavailable for last night’s first home game with Peterborough Northern Star, but skipper Paul Cousins returned.

Reed is away for a couple of weeks so misses the FA Cup trip to Thurlow Nunn Division One side Swaffham on Saturday.

Appleby said: “The cup is always about shocks. They’ve got our ex-players Joe Jackson, Alex Vincent and Rory Harper, who I rate highly, and we need to do our jobs there.

“Playing against the slope on their pitch sometimes works in your favour, like when you’re playing into the wind.

“You’ve just got to make sure you’re doing your jobs professionally.”

March Town manager Paul Crosbie said: “There were lots of positives: we’ve brought in some experienced players like Paul Richardson and Lewis Cook and we look more difficult to beat.

“I know it looks a bit daft saying that with our pre-season results, but we’ve been playing teams from a higher level.”

Skipper Max Mattless was suspended for last night’s first home game versus Saffron Walden Town, while Shaun White had a run-out in the Reserves to rebuild his fitness.

March Town host Team Bury on Saturday.