AFC Kempston Rovers 1, Wisbech Town 1
The Fenmen registered a point to end a three-game losing run in all competitions despite playing with ten men for more than half of this United Counties League Premier game on Saturday.
In the first match between the sides since an FA Cup tie in 1994, Matt Lunn scored the Fenmen’s goal on 49 minutes. Kempston equalised 10 minutes later. Callum Reed was sent off late in the first half, given a straight red for an over-the-top tackle.
Striker Ewan Clarke made his debut. The 23-year-old arrives on dual registration from King’s Lynn Town. He lists Rainworth Miners Welfare, Shepshed Dynamo and Eastwood Town as his previous clubs.
Boss Steve Appleby said: “It was probably one point dropped as even with ten men I still felt we could’ve won it.
“Saying that, you can’t complain at a draw. It’s disappointing because in the first 20 minutes when we were playing well we had five or six good chances.
“If we had scored then, I think we would’ve gone on to win the game.
“Ewan showed some nice touches. When we get the ball into his feet he will be quite promising. He only met the lads on Saturday but it’s not a problem for footballers. He’ll do well.
“He’s somebody I have known of. When he went to King’s Lynn people were raving about him. He is recovering from injury and not getting many games. We’re lucky to get him.
“It’s not a loan, it’s a two month thing where he’s signing different forms for different leagues. We’ll see how it goes.”
On Callum Reed’s red card, Appleby said: “The lad did the same thing as Callum: they both jumped into it. I thought it was a bit harsh but I think because there was an assessor there in the stand the referee had to go by the rule book.
“Callum did catch the lad, no doubt about it, but if he hadn’t (jumped in) he would have got hurt.”
The club will wait and see if a one or three game ban is the result. Appleby commented: “It depends on how the ref interprets it. We’re new to this league so we don’t know.
“When you are not doing too well things go against you. Steve Reid had a cross that went off the inside of a post and dropped in the six yard box. On another day, that would have gone in.”
Wisbech: Roberts, Spafford, Johnson, Fairweather, Cartwright, Reid, Reed, Millson, Clarke, Lunn, Gale. Subs: White, James, Cousins, Friend.
Appleby said the situation did not work out with Kettering’s James Tricks because the Poppies kept recalling the forward: “I can’t have any to-ing and fro-ing,” he added.
“On Monday he played for Kettering and on Tuesday he was back with us. If he is going to come, at least come for a while.”
Next Saturday is a return match at Huntingdon, who beat the Fenmen 4-0 last week. Appleby added: “Matt Lunn is off now for a good month until he sorts his new job out.
“The signs are there. We’re not quite back to our old selves and the finished article. That’s down to confidence, that happens after you have had a couple of beatings.”