Woodwork foils Fenmen Vase semi-final hopes

Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed. ENGANL00220110813175030
Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed. ENGANL00220110813175030

Sholing FC 1,

Wisbech Town 0

Unlucky Wisbech struck the woodwork three times but a solitary first half goal sunk their FA Carlsberg Vase quarter-final hopes on Saturday.

Wide player Callum Reed was particularly unfortunate as he hit the upright once in each half, midfielder Adam Millson also a whisker away from forcing extra-time.

Wisbech joint manager Paul Cousins said: “The lads are very distraught because we just couldn’t score.

“If in the second half we’d have scored we would have won – it was just a bombardment, to be honest.

“I’d rather we had lost by five or six than just 1-0 in a way, especially with how it went in the second half.

“We hit the bar, then it bounced along the line. We had gone to Ashington and won, we had gone to Hadleigh and won, but these weren’t that good. We dominated the second half but just didn’t score.

“The Non-League Paper said the better side lost. It’s hard to take at the moment.”

The visitors were aiming to reach the semi-final stage of the competition for the first time since 1986 and had travelled overnight in high hopes thanks to Wisbech firm Fenland Fire Appliance LLP sponsoring the hotel stay,

But it proved to be one long trip too far for the Fenmen, who have been drawn away eight times in a row over the past two seasons.

The decisive home goal came after 29 minutes when Lee Wort beat the offside trap and netted past goalkeeper Carl Mackney, deputising for the cup-tied Lea Jordan.

Cousins added: “They had a quick forward so we tried to play a high line. He was played through, had a one-on-one with the keeper and slotted home. I tried to get to him, but I was never going to get there.”

Joint manager Dick Creasey said: “I couldn’t be more proud of the great run we’ve enjoyed in this competition.”

Wisbech: Mackney, Spafford, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Millson (Lunn), Reed, White (Tricks), Battersby (Doherty), Reid, Cobb.

l On Tuesday last week Wisbech won their friendly 3-0 against Moulton Harrox (Stuart Cobb and Danny White 2).