Vital points dropped as victory treble is denied

Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. 'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto
Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. 'www.fenlandcitizen.co.uk/buyaphoto

Wisbech Town 1, FC Clacton 1

FENMEN boss Steve Appleby’s inspired triple substitution produced a goal but he was still left disappointed after a game he felt they did enough to have won at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

Appleby was looking for a third successive Ridgeons Premier Division from his side to close the gap on the sides at the top of table but said afterwards: “Instead of earning a point and staying unbeaten it feels as though we have lost and it was certainly two points dropped.

“We certainly created enough chances to have won the game but just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal.

“The substitution paid off with a goal, sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t but then we concede a goal soon afterwards.

“Chris Bacon has hit the inside of the post in the last minute and was just about to put the rebound away when he was taken down by a defender for what looked a penalty. They were time wasting from the start and celebrated the point like a win.”

Appleby decided to keep faith with keeper Ricky Lovelace and left Ryan Rayner out of the squad while Ollie Gale started at left back in place of skipper Scott Johnson.

Wisbech had plenty of possession, but they could just not finish their work off often delaying that vital last pass or shot.

With 25 minutes to go Appleby decided to freshen things up with a triple substitution to bring on Jon Fairweather, Scott Johnson and Darren Jimson and was almost immediately rewarded with the first goal of the game.

All three substitutes played their part with Fairweather and Jimson figuring in the build up before Callum Reed crossed and Chris Bacon’s shot was parried with Johnson adding the finishing touch – his first of the game.

That really should have been the lift off for a Wisbech win, but seven minutes later Clacton were level when John Dunkley struck a sweet shot from 25 yards out.

Apart from hitting the post in the last minute, Bacon also hit the woodwork earlier and headed just wide from a Reed cross.

It is just not happening for him in front of goal at the moment, but he is still working hard and surely the goals will come again.

Wisbech: Ricky Lovelace, Neal Spafford, Ollie Gale (Scott Johnson), Ollie Pinner, Paul Cousins, Callum Reed, Adam Millson, Steven Reid, Sam Murphy (Jon Fairweather), Chris Bacon, Nick Davey (Darren Jimson).