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Wisbech Town 2, Whitton United 0

FA Cup Preliminary Round

A comfortable win, a clean sheet, cup progress and key players available again – what a difference a week makes.

Toby Allen's magnificent goal
Toby Allen's magnificent goal

After Covid, injuries and unavailability left the Fenmen woefully short of players for league defeats to Coleshill (4-0 at home last Saturday) and Corby (2-0 away on Wednesday), today there was plenty to smile about again.

Yes, Wisbech were playing a team a step lower in the non-league ladder, but their Suffolk opponents came into the game unbeaten and had knocked out a side the same level as the Fenmen in the previous round.

But with influential defender Jon Fairweather bossing things at the back after returning at Corby, and the return of fellow centre half Ben Richards, Wisbech looked so much more solid.

Danny Draper scores Wisbech's second goal
Danny Draper scores Wisbech's second goal

Club captain Liam Marshall was unavailable again, attacking midfielder Liam Adams ill, and defender/midfielder Jack Keeble won't be back from injury until next month, but with striker Avi Vieira and midfielder Oli Williams both on the bench after bouts of Covid, the solid-looking squad brought together by manager Brett Whaley is getting back to full strength.

Peterborough Sports' attacking midfielder loanee Cameron Gow was also fit to make his Fenmen debut from the bench.

Wisbech started on the front foot and opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Tom Mcleish's curling cross from the left wing was smashed home brilliantly by Toby Allen from around 20 yards. McLeish was constantly looking to get forward, as was Aaron Hart on the other flank.

The Fenmen then bossed the half although their better chances didn't come straight away.

The Whitton defender seems almost as surprised Oli Williams as the midfielder sees red
The Whitton defender seems almost as surprised Oli Williams as the midfielder sees red

Eoin McQuaid nearly made it two after 29 minutes but his vicious drive was deflected just wide and his angled shot was well saved by Whitton keeper Jack Spurling in the 42nd minute. Allen nearly made it two seconds later but he was denied by another good save before Sam Murphy's rebound was deflected narrowly over.

It seemed Wisbech were cruising, with keeper Charlie Congreve hardly troubled and defensive midfield pair Murphy and Layton Maddison controlling that part of the pitch.

But with the score only 1-0, Whitton tried to come out on the front foot after the break. However, in the 48th minute, Allen, who had swapped wings with Danny Draper for the second half, gathered the ball on the left and split the defence with a sumptuous pass which Draper brilliantly lifted over the onrushing keeper.

All smiles as Wisbech exit the pitch after victory
All smiles as Wisbech exit the pitch after victory

It looked at this stage that the Fenmen would fill their boots. Allen saw a cross/shot saved and a header go inches wide, McQuaid saw a 55th minute drive go agonisingly past a post and then a 69th minute snap shot nearly spilled over the line by Spurling.

Murphy sliced over a close range effort after 74 minutes then saw a 75th minute pile driver saved brilliantly as Wisbech kept up the intensity.

Two controversial decisions by the officials spoilt the end of the game though. First substitute Oli Williams was given a 90th minute straight red after a hard but fair tackle witnessed from just yards away by this journalist, and then an Avi Vieira goal was disallowed for offside when it seemed to all that he was not.

Avi Vieira returned after a bout of Covid
Avi Vieira returned after a bout of Covid

WISBECH TOWN (4-3-3): Congreve; Hart, Fairweather (C), Richards, Mcleish; McQuaid (Oli Williams 86 mins), Murphy, Maddison; Allen (Gow 72), Edge (Vieira 60), Draper. Subs (not used): Andre Williams, Pearson.

ATTENDANCE: 157.

STAR MAN: Toby Allen - great goal and a fabulous assist too.

BOOKED: Dylan Edge (dissent)

SENT OFF: Oli Williams (foul).

Substitute Cameron Gow
Substitute Cameron Gow
Danny Draper celebrates his goal
Danny Draper celebrates his goal
Aaron Hart on the ball, watched by Sam Murphy and Jon Fairweather
Aaron Hart on the ball, watched by Sam Murphy and Jon Fairweather
Eoin McQuaid went close to scoring on several occasions
Eoin McQuaid went close to scoring on several occasions
Toby Allen goes close to his second
Toby Allen goes close to his second
Jon Fairweather was imperious at the back
Jon Fairweather was imperious at the back
Tom Mcleish enjoyed another good game for Wisbech
Tom Mcleish enjoyed another good game for Wisbech
Dylan Edge celebrates Toby Allen's wonder strike with him
Dylan Edge celebrates Toby Allen's wonder strike with him
Ben Richards
Ben Richards
Dylan Edge in action
Dylan Edge in action
Toby Allen puts a foot in
Toby Allen puts a foot in
Concentration from Layton Maddison
Concentration from Layton Maddison


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