Jackie's special day

Wisbech Town 2,

Woodbridge Town 1

THE Fenmen capped what’s been a brilliant end to their Ridgeons League Premier Division season with a win on a day of celebration on Saturday.

A crowd of 445 and the highest of the season, although more officially nearer 500 including guests, saw an entertaining game finished with a last minute goal to leave Town safely in the middle of the table.

Wisbech began the game brightly and after only 12 minutes captain Lee Day scored following good work from Billy Smith on the right wing. He dribbled past the Woodbridge left-back, cut in and put a superb cross to the far left-hand post. Unmarked, Day headed the ball into the back of the net from two yards.

Looking to spoil the end of season party, the Woodpeckers got back into the game after a right-wing cross was latched onto by Paul Hart whose first-time shot flew into the top of the left-hand corner of the net.

The second half was mainly Woodbridge and the Wisbech defence had to be at their best. The moment the crowd had been waiting for was reached with five minutes to go when manager Roy McManus threw on Fenmen legend Jackie Gallagher.

The script had been written and played out to perfection as Gallagher’s presence sparked a response from the Wisbech side, only for Day to grab the winning goal off the boot of the current youth team manager.

Deep in injury time, James McManus flighted a free-kick around the inside-right channel. The ball ended up at the far left-hand post where Gallagher was first to react.

He prodded the ball goalwards, but Day toe-punted the loose ball in from about two yards.

The game finished 2-1 and sparked mass celebrations from the crowd.

Wisbech: Chris Horton, Lewis Cook, Jason Pease, Paul Cousins (Steve Appleby), Lee Day (c), Mark Jimson, Stuart Ablett, James McManus, Darren Edey (Grant Rider), Scott Cubberley (Jackie Gallagher), Billy Smith. Subs not used: Stuart Cobb and Scott McManus.