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Wisbech Town 0, Chasetown 4

Northern Premier League Midland Division

Wisbech's Step 4 survival dreams all but sank yesterday as they were beaten at home on the same day that nearest rivals Histon won on the road.

Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross
Wisbech Town manager Allan Ross

The Fenmen are now six points behind The Stutes with two games remaining. They must win at bottom side Soham Town on Bank Holiday Monday and then beat title favourites Ilkeston Town at home on Saturday.

Even if they are to achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since being promoted back to Step 4 in 2018 , they must still rely on Histon getting nothing from their games at home to 10th placed Cambridge City tomorrow and at eighth placed Sporting Khalsa on Saturday.

After the game, manager Allan Ross said: "I am disappointed as I genuinely thought we'd get a point today. We tried to play around the sides of them as they are so good in the air, but we couldn't get our foot on the ball.

Corey Newman on the ball
Corey Newman on the ball

"I thought the first goal was against the run of play and I'm told the second goal was three or four yards offside, but to be honest we were not clever enough and didn't get going.

"Dan Hempson from the reserves did well when he came on and looks quite promising, but overall we looked leggy. And we only have 10 fit footballers so we cannot chop and change.

"We will give it our best at Soham on Monday and if we get a win and the Histon result goes in our favour, we will give everything against Ilkeston. Until it is not possible, we will keep going."

Wisbech were in the game up to the last 15 minutes on Saturday, when their title chasing visitors scored three late goals.

March Player of the Month Luke Pearson
March Player of the Month Luke Pearson

Chasetown took the lead after 25 minutes through prolific striker Jack Langston and had March's Player of the Month Luke Pearson to thank for keeping them in the game with two excellent saves.

Danny Draper could have equalised just before half time but Chasetown's keeper Curtis Pond pulled off a good save.

As the second half progressed Wisbech pushed more men forward and were unlucky to concede after 77 minutes through Langston again. Langston's third and 30th of the season in the 83rd minute and a fourth on 90 minutes by Dilano Reid were rough on Wisbech.

Avi Vieira battles for possession
Avi Vieira battles for possession

Wisbech Town: Pearson, Newman, Taylor, Keeble, Wilson, Maddison, Vieira, Armond, Bennett, Murphy (Lukyamuzi 82 mins), Draper (Hempson 47). Sub (not used): Adebayo.

Chasetown: Pond, Mansell, Evans, Cox, Wynter, Hayward, Cunningham (Reid 80 mins), Langston, Butlin (Perry 80), O'Callaghan, Lund (Melbourne 85). Subs (not used): McGinnell, Burroughs.

Star man: Harrison Taylor.

Attendance: 183.

Danny Draper in the thick of it
Danny Draper in the thick of it

-March Town ended a poor set of results with an impressive 3-0 home win against fourth placed Mulbarton Wanderers in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division.

A crowd of 311 saw goals from Jack Friend, Craig Gillies and sub Rob Conyard seal a win for The Hares in their last home game of the season. They travel to Lakenheath on Bank Holiday Monday and end their season at Mildenhall Town on Saturday, with a top six finish still possible.

Parson Drove ended their season second from bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League First Division North after a 2-1 defeat at third placed Downham Town.

Layton Maddison on the ball
Layton Maddison on the ball
Luke Wilson makes a clearance
Luke Wilson makes a clearance
Disappointment at the end of the match
Disappointment at the end of the match


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