Teenage kicks for Fenmen

Wisbech Town 4, March Town 0

TEENAGERS Toby Ogbonna and Lewis Clayton took centre stage as the Fenmen ran out comfortable winners in this Red Insure Cup-tie at the Fenland Stadium on Tuesday night.

The 18-year-old Ogbonna followed up his older brother Dobi’s hat-trick four days earlier against Gorleston by slotting home two early goals in the second half on his first start for the club.

Substitute Clayton was celebrating his 17th birthday on the night and did it in style in the 88th minute heading home a Scott Johnson cross for his first senior goal for the club before Matt Lunn added a fourth goal two minutes later.

In a feisty local derby there was little between the two sides in the first half with March determined not to suffer another 8-1 defeat by packing their midfield and playing with a lone striker in Robbie Masters.

The Hares included four former Fenmen in Sam Darlow, Max Mattless, Lewis Thompson and Danny Emmington who almost gave March the lead in the first minute when chasing a long ball and Ricky Lovelace showed some indecision in the Wisbech goal, but really that was as close as Paul Crosbie’s side went in the first 45 minutes.

Only an outstretched foot by March keeper Marc Hipwell thwarted a Chris Bacon shot from 12 yards out and Toby Ogbonna shot across the face of the goal when well placed from a Bacon pass as Wisbech enjoyed the better possession.

March did not start the second half so well and Toby Ogbonna fired in two goals in the 50th and 57th minutes to settle the tie.

Tackles began to fly in and Bacon and Mattless lost their composure in a scuffle and on another day may have seen red from the referee, who in all handed out six yellow cards. To their credit March never gave up, but at they pushed on they were hit with two very late goals from Clayton and Lunn.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby said: “Toby always looked lively and has taken his two goals well and we may have discovered a little gem. I felt we upped our game in the second half and, once we scored the two goals, were always in control.

“I was really pleased for Lewis Clayton to score on his birthday. He has got a good touch and has looked decent when he has come on as sub this season. It was a good header for the goal.

“This is a competition we won a couple of seasons back and we want to do well again this year and try and get some silverware again.”

March’s Crosbie said: “Nobody likes to lose 4-0 but the lads have shown a good attitude and performance.

“After losing 8-1 earlier this season, we came to contain Wisbech and I felt we did this well in the first half. We did not defend so well just after the break but I felt decisions went against us for the first two goals.”

Wisbech: Lovelace, Fairweather, Johnson, Cousins, Spafford, Reid, Bacon, Millson, T Ogbonna, D Ogbonna, Gale. Subs used: Lunn, Clayton, Jimson.

March: Hipwell, Spendelow, Darlow, Mattless, Sutton, Staffieri, Thompson, Welcher, Masters, Emmington, Saunders. Subs used: Westley, Anderson, McDonough.