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Wisbech Town 0, Halesowen Town 1

Pitching In Northern Premier League Midland Division

It's not often a side is warmly clapped off the pitch after a home defeat, but the Fenmen were today after giving everything they had against the big spending Yeltz.

Layton Maddison was the Citizen's star man
Layton Maddison was the Citizen's star man

Third from bottom Wisbech more than matched a side joint top of the league and put in possibly their finest home display of the season against the best visitors to grace Fountain Fresh Park this campaign.

Interim manager Arran Duke and his assistant Mark Warren have only had a week working with the players, but already they have them organised and working hard, and it was also pleasing to see them trying to keep the ball down to play attractive football.

Preparation was not ideal either for Duke and Warren, with striker Dylan Edge following former manager Brett Whaley to Spalding United yesterday, midfielder Danny Draper dropping to the bench with an injury and Peterborough United Academy player Theo Lukyamuzi's loan ending before they expected. Also on the bench was new signing from Spalding Enoch Opayinka.

Sam Murphy
Sam Murphy

Layton Maddison came in for Draper, with Toby Allen replacing Edge. Injury-struck striker Avi Vieira will be going on loan to Pinchbeck United to get some game time.

Chairman Paul Brenchley and his team had worked wonders to make a wet pitch playable after a deluge of rain and it was credit to them that the first 15 minutes saw both teams able to play good football.

There certainly did not look to be 16 league places between them, but the Birmingham team showed their class after 16 minutes when Kyle Finn ran down the right, found Rich Gregory with an accurate pass and the striker gave Lee Pearson no chance in the home goal.

But heads didn't go down and Wisbech continued to play to their strengths, passing well and moving up the pitch. After 37 minutes they went close to an equaliser when Joe Gascoigne whipped in a cross from the left and Toby Allen's goal-bound shot was blocked by a defender putting his body on the line.

Brody Warren in action
Brody Warren in action

The Yeltz came back, with Ahmed Ali fizzing an effort inches wide in the 40th minute and then being denied by the onrushing Pearson three minutes later.

But the moment Duke and Warren will look back on happened in first half stoppage time. Maddison won the ball in his own half and found Gascoigne, whose brilliant pass put away striker Sam Bennett, who must have sensed his fifth goal in three home games. His shot from 20 yards was low and powerful but superbly saved by Daniel Platt, with Bennett firing the rebound wide.

The quality continued after the break, first tall Fenmen midfielder Sam Murphy heading a Gascoigne free kick just over after a foul on right back Aaron Hart in the 53rd minute, then Pearson tipping a great effort from Halesowen goalscorer Gregory over the bar on the hour.

Captain Liam Marshall in action
Captain Liam Marshall in action

The home team went close again as the pacey Bennett ran down the left and crossed for Allen, who for the second time in the match saw what looked like a sure goal saved from a brave block, defender Nathaniel Kelly the hero this time.

With just 13 minutes left, Halesowen keeper Platt, who had successfully performed a sweeper keeper roll all afternoon, came out too far to block Opayinka, handled the ball and was red carded.

The visitors could not call on their sub keeper as they had already made their three changes, so, with stoppages, the Fenmen had 17 minutes to get the goal they deserved against stand in keeper Rob Evans, a central defender.

Wisbech pile on the pressure
Wisbech pile on the pressure

The Yeltz defended deep and the Fenmen were patient, but never managed to test Evans, the closest they came a ricochet that landed just the wrong side of the hard working Brody Warren and a pull on the shirt of sub Opayinka that the ref did not deem a penalty.

The scoreline was rough on Wisbech, but hopefully the performance will stand them in good stead for a visit to seventh placed Carlton Town next weekend.

Wisbech Town (4-2-3-1, r-l): Pearson; Hart (Mcleish 87 mins), Keeble, Wilson, Marshall (C); Maddison, Gascoigne; Bennett, Murphy, Warren; Allen (Opayinka 71). Subs (not used): Draper, Taylor (GK).

Halesowen Town: Platt, Wright, Manning, Hawker (C), Evans, Kelly, Lait (Holmes 64 mins), Ali (Scott 64), Cobourne, Gregory (Palmer 76), Finn. Subs (not used): Brookes, Dudley-Toole.

Booked: Hawker, Kelly (Halesowen), Keeble, Wilson (Wisbech) – fouls. Sent off: Platt (Halesowen) – handball.

Citizen star man: Layton Maddison – back in the team and at his tenacious best, winning tackles, covering ground and making telling passes.

Attendance: 211.

Wisbech pile on the pressure
Wisbech pile on the pressure
Sam Murphy battles for possession
Sam Murphy battles for possession
Toby Allen in action
Toby Allen in action
Wisbech defend a free kick from Halesowen's McKauley Manning
Wisbech defend a free kick from Halesowen's McKauley Manning
Brody Warren on the ball
Brody Warren on the ball
Midfielder Layton Maddison had his best game of the season
Midfielder Layton Maddison had his best game of the season
Sam Bennett on the ball
Sam Bennett on the ball
Sam Bennett and Joe Gascoigne cannot believe it after the striker fails to level just before half time
Sam Bennett and Joe Gascoigne cannot believe it after the striker fails to level just before half time
Toby Allen is denied by Nathaniel Kelly's block
Toby Allen is denied by Nathaniel Kelly's block
Halesowen keeper Daniel Platt is sent off
Halesowen keeper Daniel Platt is sent off
New signing Enoch Opayinka in action
New signing Enoch Opayinka in action
Wisbech's Sam Bennett seen collecting his reward for being the supporters' player of the month for December from Ben Bayliss.
Wisbech's Sam Bennett seen collecting his reward for being the supporters' player of the month for December from Ben Bayliss.


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