Wisbech Town 4,
Brantham Athletic 2
The Fenmen’s Thurlow Nunn Premier win on Saturday sealed the runners-up spot, their best league finish for 16 years.
An early Brantham goal was cancelled out by the in-form Danny White.
Chris Bacon was fouled in the visitors’ box and he converted the resulting penalty on the half-hour mark to make it 2-1, but Brantham replied ten minutes before half-time as the hosts were punished for a second bout of poor defending.
Late goals from Joe Jackson and Bacon took the points. Young striker Jackson managed a composed finish under pressure from a defender. Bacon, who was voted supporters player of the year afterwards, also finished well as the Fenmen took advantage of space by Athletic who were looking to level the scores.
On finishing second to champions Dereham Town, boss Steve Appleby said: “I’m extremely proud. I’m a little bit gutted we couldn’t finish the job off.
It was vital the Fenmen got a result in this crucial game as it put Brantham out of the top two picture.
Appleby added: “We knew what we had to do. We have played 14 games over the past few weeks and we have something like won 11, drawn two and lost one. How can you criticise that?
“It’s just a fact that Dereham won 11 in a row and sometimes you have to say well done to them.”
He said the poor weather had made their title task more difficult, but summed up: “At the end of the day we dropped a few points, and we shouldn’t have done.”
On the game, Appleby said: “I thought we were in control. We gave away a couple of goals through errors but we sorted them out.”
Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Johnson, Cousins, Spafford, Reid, Bacon, Millson, Jackson, White, Lunn. Sub: Cartwright.