Whaley on FA Cup exit: Wisbech Town played into Holbeach’s hands

Wisbech v Holbeach in FA Cup action ANL-150829-180547009
Wisbech v Holbeach in FA Cup action ANL-150829-180547009

Wisbech Town FC boss Brett Whaley was disappointed with their Emirates FA Cup preliminary round exit at the hands of Holbeach United.

The Fenmen’s FA Cup dream ended in lacklustre fashion as they showed very little fight to their United Counties League title rivals (see page 85).

The Tigers’ derby triumph was settled by Gary King providing a single knockout blow just after the hour mark.

The Fenmen offered very little going forward with a long-range effort from Declan Rogers their only noteworthy effort on target all afternoon.

Whaley said: “We played straight into Holbeach’s hands today. Most of the good football which we were playing pre-season has disappeared and now all of a sudden we are playing the long ball and going too direct.

“That’s two matches we’ve lost in the space of a few days against sides who are expected to be our rivals in the title race.

“The players are working hard but sometimes hard work isn’t enough to win you football matches.”

Opposing boss Darren Jarvis said: “It was a 1-0 win which we were totally in control of and our game management was second-to-none.

“Defensively we were excellent from front to back and our back four, especially the full-backs, were tremendous.

“We knew that Wisbech’s quality is out wide and that they’ve got some tremendous attacking talents in that area, but we kept both of their widemen quiet.”

The Fenmen were back in ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division action last night at home to Deeping Rangers and on Saturday are at Northampton Spencer.