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Wisbech boss Whaley delighted as his team finally get rub of the green

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Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley was delighted that his team finally got the rub of the green after a late winner defeated Corby Town this afternoon.

After a 3-2 home defeat against Loughborough and a 4-3 reverse when entertaining Belper – when both games had been level in the closing stages – Whaley thought his side deserved some luck themselves.

"We are delighted. A point each may have been a fair result but we've been on the rough end of late goals before, so we'll take this," Whaley told the Citizen.

Wisbech manager Brett Whaley leads his team off after victory
Wisbech manager Brett Whaley leads his team off after victory

"I think we shaded the first half, but they made a substitution and changed their shape at the break and we reacted badly. When they scored, they got well on top and I was worried for us as those are the situations where we have folded previously.

"We were flat at that stage and they were on top but when the blatant penalty was not given for a foul on Sam Bennett it galvanised us through the injustice and we grew from that.

"And to get the late winner was a massive bonus. Draws are good and show you are competitive but three points are critical. We hadn't won since September but we hadn't lost to a bottom half side since August."

Brett Whaley and his assistant Chris Lenton
Brett Whaley and his assistant Chris Lenton

On new signing Bennett, who scored both goals, Whaley added: "Dylan Edge and Toby Allen have played really well and scored goals but they are very similar, as is Avi Vieira.

"Sam's pace means we can stretch sides. He scored twice, he should have got a penalty and he really caused a threat. When you sign new players, you have to get used to what they do, how they do it and what their strengths are.

"The work rate of Bennett and Brody Warren has really improved us, Layton Maddison is getting better every week after a long lay off, Jack Keeble is fit again and Sam Murphy played today after three weeks off.

"You add Danny Draper's energy when he is fit again, hopefully next week, and it shows where we are trying to go. We have a young side but we have lots of energy. Now we've added pace at the top end, we look more dynamic.

Brett Whaley looks on with sub Tom Mcleish
Brett Whaley looks on with sub Tom Mcleish

"That's what you want, that same consistency of performance, with the same side out every week. We really looked like a team today and that's what you get from that."

On the continued absence of popular defender Jon Fairweather, the Fenmen boss added: "Jonno has decided to have some time away from football. It's a huge blow for us but the reality is, you watch today's performance, when we're in a scrap, and you see everyone wanted to be part of it.

"Jon was not enjoying it and wanted time away and from our point of view we cannot worry about those who are not here. And to get a win today shows we have got a bit of strength.

"Now it's about going again next week and getting more points on the board. As much as you say 'play one game at a time' and 'don't look at league tables,' players do, and it's about confidence now."

Wisbech face a tough test next Saturday at sixth place Coleshill Town,who won 4-0 at Fountain Fresh Park in the season opener back in August.

Whaley said: "We know we are in a fight, we're still in the relegation play-off place but we've won today and we have to try to match it again. Coleshill is a free hit for us."

The manager said he is looking to bring in a centre half to replace Fairweather and would still like to add another midfielder, with Daniel Palacios breaking down in training this week as he bids to get fitness and King's Lynn Town still reluctant to release one-time loanee Joe Gascoigne for game time.

"We have tried to get Joe in for a while and we are still hoping he may be available next week but it's not happened yet and we are not banking on it."

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