Reed’s four-goal haul helps book final place

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CALLUM Reed hit a second half hat-trick and notched four goals in all as Wisbech are in the final of the Ridgeons League Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Stowmarket on Tuesday last week.

The Fenmen had to come back from half-time 2-1 down as they weathered a Stowmarket storm at Greens Meadow.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “It was a tough and hard first half but we came out a lot, lot better in the second half and got clear.

“In the last 20 minutes they caved in, and the quality we showed was good, so I’m very happy. Callum Reed will grab all the headlines, but the win was down to an extremely hard-working performance.

“We struggled in the first half as their pitch is notorious for its bumps. I thought I’d put in a bit of experience by starting with the likes of Anthony Reeve, Adam Weston and Andy Furnell.

“They had a good go at us and we struggled to contain them. We regrouped at half-time and changed a few things.”

In the final the Fenmen will meet Wroxham, who had beaten CRC 2-0 in the other semi-final, for the fourth time this season, at Dereham Town on Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, kick-off 3pm.

Stowmarket took a second minute lead from a corner and Reed curled home in the 27th minute.

The hosts regained the lead in the 40th minute from the penalty spot then shortly after Ash Stevens had a goal disallowed.

Wisbech dominated the second half. Andy Furnell levelled on the hour after Stevens shot was blocked. On 65 minutes Stevens was fouled and Reed converted the penalty.

Darren Jimson came off the bench to score when home keeper Kevin Bugg dropped a catch. In the final ten minutes Reed notched his hat-trick after another Stevens effort was saved by the keeper; and Reed gathered Anthony Reeve’s cross to score and complete the triumph.

Wisbech: Chris Horton, Anthony Reeve, Scott Johnson, Paul Cousins, Stacy Cartwright, Callum Reed, Paul Jones, Adam Weston, Andy Furnell, Ash Stevens, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Darren Jimson, Lewis Thompson.