Wisbech Town lose eight-game unbeaten run

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After Saturday afternoon Wisbech Town FC could have stretched their unbeaten run to ten matches following two games this week.

In the Chromasports United Counties Premier Division, Wisbech last night hosted Harrowby at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium, but lost 1-0.

Next Saturday the Fenmen travel to Rothwell Corinthians. Both opponents are in the bottom half of the table.

Last weekend, ninth-place Wisbech extended their undefeated run to eight matches with a 4-2 success at Oadby.

Adam Millson’s penalty, two goals from Matt Sparrow and another from Jon Fairweather saw the visitors 4-0 up with an hour gone at Freeway Park.

But Brett Whaley’s troops took their feet off the gas and allowed the hosts to pull two goals back.

Both sides finished with 10 men, with Wisbech defender Paul Cousins on 79 minutes picking up his second yellow card.

Whaley said he is looking for a complete performance: “The games do come thick and fast at this time of year.

“Our job as management is to make sure the lads don’t pick up niggles. It was really energy-sapping out there; and then they’ve got to play another game on Tuesday.

“The most important thing is we’re still not good enough at home, and we need to show the supporters that we have improved. Against Boston for 45 minutes was great, but 45 minutes isn’t enough.” Whaley added of the Oadby victory: “We’re in a position where we’re dominating for an hour on a difficult pitch.

“It was touch and go whether we would have played it as it was really boggy.

“We were 4-0 up and we played some really good stuff, but after the fourth goal they took the sting out of it.

“These things happen. We’re talking about the frustration of winning 4-2, but two or three months ago we were talking about the frustration of not winning games.

“It was a really good hour, and if we had played like that for 90 minutes I’m sure we would have won 6-0 or 7-0.”

On club veteran Cousins’ sending-off, which he felt was harsh, Whaley said: “One of the bookings came because of a tussle and the lad pushed Paul to the ground, for which the lad got sent off. The other booking was he gave two fouls away.

“They weren’t bad fouls but the referee would say they were an accumulation.

“The ref may have talked to Cousi during the game, but I felt the ref was looking to even things up. They were two very soft bookings, but they often happen.

“The Saturday-Tuesday games for him are hard but the reality is he’s made a big difference since he’s come back to the side. We need to keep him fit and firing.”

Attendance: 131

Goals from Jack Brand and Neil Goodbourn earned Wisbech Town Reserves a 2-1 home win Netherton United Reserves after the two sides were locked at 1-1 at the interval in ChromaSport & Trophies Peterborough League Division One.