Wisbech pay the price for more mistakes
Leek Town 4 Wisbech Town 0
BetVictor Northern Premier League south east division
Basement side Wisbech this afternoon lost at new leaders Leek, who could afford to miss a second-half penalty.
Interim manager Kevin Ward now needs to lift his troops for the visit of local rivals Spalding United on Boxing Day.
He said: "They scored when one of our players wasn’t tracking a runner. It’s the same old story: unfortunately you get punished at that level, especially with teams at the top. If you don’t do your jobs right and you don’t track runners you give them a freebie.
“We changed our shape and nullified their play for a while. They’re a very good footballing side; that’s why they’re top of the league. They’re well-organised and have a big pool of players to pick from.
“Three minutes to go before half-time we didn’t clear our lines – from a corner they scored direct. That’s a bad pattern we’ve got within our group at the moment. We don’t manage things properly and the lads are disappointed when they get in for half-time
“They know what’s wrong, it’s just a matter of executing better what they’re doing. It’s two preventable goals in the first half. Their third goal was excellent: he bent it into the far top corner and you have to hold your hands up.
“We didn’t get down; we carried on going. Their fourth was when we lost the ball in the middle of the park and it’s a one-on-one situation.”
Ward pointed out that key squad members being unavailable at one stage or another has affected his side’s chances of success: “Charley Sanders and Ollie Gale have been missing; Conor Green is on crutches and Danny Setchell was missing today.
“You add those four lads who have vast experience: I’m not saying we would have won, but it puts a big dent in what you can offer.”
The Fenmen will monitor midfielder Setchell’s bad back for their next game, a Boxing Day home derby with Spalding United. Gale may be available after a long-term injury but front man Sanders will be suspended for the festive clash.
Ward added: “These three games, we’ve got the top two with Leek today and Stamford New Year’s Day, and a local derby with a team who have lost a couple of players and their manager has gone.
“Let’s hope the lads will turn up and rise to the occasion, be honest and give 110 per cent.
“You can’t go with the same 11 game after game: you’ve got injuries; knocks; and at this stage of the season players have played quite a number of games and their performances perhaps are not what they would like.
“We need to try and get as many in the squad as possible. They’ve got to brush themselves down. We’ve got five days now to get them sorted. Because, with the way Christmas is falling, it is difficult to get bodies into the squad.”