Stacy’s shock return helps boost reserves

Wisbech Town team pic'l-r back: Sam Murphy, Simon Jones, Nick Davey, Neal Spafford, Simon Ashton, Chris Horton, Steven Reid, Liam Nimmo, Lewis Thompson, Chris Dear (Asst Manager), Steve Appleby (Manager)'l-r front: Ollie Gale, Sam Darlow, Sam Cubberley, Paul Jones, Billy Smith, Stacey Cartwright, Matt Lunn, Simon Flanz, Ash Stevens
Wisbech Town team pic'l-r back: Sam Murphy, Simon Jones, Nick Davey, Neal Spafford, Simon Ashton, Chris Horton, Steven Reid, Liam Nimmo, Lewis Thompson, Chris Dear (Asst Manager), Steve Appleby (Manager)'l-r front: Ollie Gale, Sam Darlow, Sam Cubberley, Paul Jones, Billy Smith, Stacey Cartwright, Matt Lunn, Simon Flanz, Ash Stevens

STACY Cartwright made a surprise return to action on Saturday helping Wisbech Town Reserves to their first Cambs Senior A win since August by beating Hundon 3-1.

Cartwright suffered a broken nose in four places and a fractured eye socket early in the FA Vase game against Dunston last month and, with an operation needed, had ruled himself out until the end of the season.

The defender had only undergone an operation on his nose before Christmas, but was certainly pleased to be back playing on Saturday.

He said: “The doctor at Boston Hospital said I could not do any more damage and said I could play if I wanted so I decided to give it a go.

“There was no pain and the breathing was fine and so it was really just the psychological thing of playing with an injury but it went well.

“If anything I could have done with a more physical game and seen if the nose could have taken a bang. But it was a tough game as you would expect with a team at the bottom of the table.

“Hopefully the win will give the lads confidence to go on a good run and climb up the table. There were some good performances and Joe Gallagher caught the eye and Jason Day too.

“It was my first full game since before Christmas so I am going to need two or three more games to get back my fitness and sharpness and then hopefully I can be challenging for a spot in the first team again.

“I have to go back to the King’s Lynn hospital where I had my operation before Christmas but I do not see any problems and will then have another operation in the summer.”

Ollie Pinner also turned out for the Reserves and was among the goalscorers with Matty Fowler and Sam Darlow. All the goals came in the second half.

Wisbech: James Barwick, Max Mattless, Stacy Cartwright, Joe Gallagher, Simon Jones, Jason Day, Danny Emmington, Ollie Pinner, Anthony Melton, Darren Jimson, Sam Darlow. Subs used: Craig Oughton, Duane Hesford, Matty Fowler.