Town still top after hard-fought win

Wisbech Town action v Wivenhoe'Dubi Ogbonna (goal 1)
Wisbech Town action v Wivenhoe'Dubi Ogbonna (goal 1)

Wisbech Town 3, Wivenhoe 1

WISBECH remain top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division but made hard work of taking the three points at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

They were missing the influence of Chris Bacon and skipper Paul Cousins, but welcomed the return of former goalkeeper Alex Street who has signed on a dual registration from King’s Lynn.

Unlike some visitors to the Fenland Stadium, Wivenhoe were more positive in their tactics and play switched from end to end in the first 20 minutes.

Wisbech eventually took the lead after 24 minutes. Dubi Ogbonna robbed Wivenhoe’s Tom Cutts of the ball and ran through before releasing a low shot into the net.

Six minutes later however Wivenhoe missed a very good chance with a block on the goal line before the ball was played back in to the goalmouth and Michael Schofield scored from six yards out.

Matt Lunn and Adam Millson both had chances before the break, but Wivenhoe perhaps deserved to be level after 45 minutes.

Thirteen minutes into the second half Wisbech regained the lead. A long ball into the box by Rogan McGeorge was picked up by Millson who headed the ball past the keeper before scoring from a tight angle

Wisbech now began to take charge and further chances fell to Neal Spafford, who headed over, and Ogbonna who shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Substitute Darren Jimson missed a good chance before he wrapped up the goalscoring in the last minute with an audacious back heel into the net after good work by Toby Ogbonna.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “We did not play as well as we can but still managed to get the right result. But fair credit to Wivenhoe who came and made a game of it instead of parking the bus like some teams do.

“We did miss Chris Bacon and Paul Cousins. They are both influential players for us and can drag us up when things are not going right. But this was a game that last season we might well have finished drawing so it shows how far we have come.

“Adam Millson deserved his goal. He has been immense for us this season now that he has settled on a club that suits him and is obviously enjoying his football.

“We were a bit sloppy in the first half and Wivenhoe deserved to be level but we had a few words at half-time and we upped our game. Darren Jimson is the old maestro and when he came on for the last 20 minutes proved again he is so difficult to get the ball off. His goal was just fantastic and came after he was being ribbed for missing a good chance.

“Alex Street was confident and did what he had to do well and he talked really well.”

Wisbech: Alex Street, Anthony Reeve, Neal Spafford, Jon Fairweather, Scott Johnson; Rogan McGeorge, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Ollie Gale; Dubi Ogbonna, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Toby Ogbonna, Darren Jimson. Not used: Paul Cousins, Lewis Clayton.