Wisbech Town weekly points haul pleases Whaley

New Wisbech Town Manager Brett Whaley ANL-151206-082953009
New Wisbech Town Manager Brett Whaley ANL-151206-082953009

Wisbech Town FC manager Brett Whaley is pleased with a haul of four points from the last two Chromasport United Counties League games.

A Rob Hughes 21st-minute tap-in earned a 1-0 Premier Division home win over Cogenhoe United on Saturday.

This followed a 2-2 UCL derby draw at Deeping Rangers on Tuesday last week.

Home goalkeeper Dan Bircham allowed a Hughes free-kick to squirm through his hands, then midfielder Steven Reid unleashed a perfectly struck volley from 40 yards which lobbed the keeper.

It puts the Fenmen ninth on goal difference with 28 points from 18 matches.

Whaley said of the points tally: “Both results were against top half UCL sides.

“I would probably have taken the four points going into the games but I kind of feel we didn’t take advantage of when we were on top against Deeping.

“On Saturday we scrapped out a win.

“In the last few games we have kept three clean sheets which we didn’t do early in the season.

“A couple of those have been scrappy 1-0’s and we would have lost those earlier in the season.

“We’ve taken 13 out of the last 15 points available.

“We were mid-table with our poor start but suddenly we are now in the top eight and chasing the top six teams.”

In a change of fixture Wisbech are at home to 18th-spot Northampton Spencer next Saturday, when Billy Smith ends his three-match suspension. Apart from that, Whaley should have a full squad available.

He said: “Northampton Spencer came up last year. Earlier this season we beat them 2-1 and they worked hard. Their form has dipped, which tends to happen when teams come up.

“Other sides get used to them. We can’t concentrate on the opposition, just ourselves.”

Last night Wisbech entertained Soham Town Rangers in the quarter-final of the Cambs Invitation Cup.

l The Wisbech Town FC memories talk has been brought forward to tonight (Wednesday 18), 7pm.

It takes place at the Octavia Hill birthplace museum with entry by donation (money towards reprinting Gordon Smith’s book Football in Wisbech vol II).

The idea is to collate and preserve everyone’s memories of the club, part of a wider initiative to preserve memories of Wisbech as a whole.

l March Town United, who had no weekend fixture, host Wivenhoe Town in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

The Hares are in 10th spot.