Allen at the double as Wisbech kickstart league campaign
Wisbech Town 2, Yaxley 1
Pitching In Northern Premier League Midland Division
Two summer signings from neighbours March Town took centre stage as a gutsy performance from the Fenmen secured their first league points of the season this afternoon (Monday).
Striker Toby Allen netted a brace and keeper Charlie Congreve pulled off a fantastic save to keep Brett Whaley's men in front against one of his old sides as they battled to victory in a game which saw both reduced to 10 men during the closing stages of the first half.
After a lacklustre display in their home defeat to Histon last Tuesday, the home side put in a spirited showing, personified by hard-working holding midfielder Layton Maddison, who put in one of his best displays in Wisbech red.
With defenders Tom Mcleish and Jack Keeble and influential midfielder Sam Murphy still injured and striker Dylan Edge sidelined with illness, Parson Drove player Adam Jackson – formerly of Holbeach and Spalding – came in at left back.
A gusty wind meant conditions were not conducive for good football in the first period, but there were gilt-edged chances. First, Yaxley's Tom Waumsley shot weakly at Wisbech stopper Congreve when through on goal in the 11th minute.
Ten minutes later, both Danny Draper and Allen saw goal-bound shots blocked before Draper hit an air shot with the net at his mercy.
The opening goal came in the 37th minute when attacking right back Aaron Hart delivered an excellent cross for Allen to head home from close range.
Two minutes later and Yaxley captain Dan Cotton was given a straight red for a poor challenge on Layton Maddison. In the melee that followed,Wisbech centre back Ben Richards was also sent off and Cuckoos' keeper Butcher given a yellow card.
Wisbech have often struggled to put in 90 minute performances under Whaley, but started the second half in strong spirits and made it 2-0 in the 51st minute, when Jackson's super cross from the left was controlled and fizzed in by Hart on the right, for Allen to score from close range.
Yaxley pulled back a goal under fortuitous circumstances in the 66th minute when a cross from the right by impressive full back John-Paul Duncliffe was pulled into the back of the net by the swirling wind.
Buoyed by their success, the Cuckoos poured players forward and should have equalised in the 73rd minute when a ball over the top released substitute Lewis Baughan, only for Congreve to pull off a wonderful save and keep the points with Wisbech.
Wisbech Town (4-4-2, r-l): Congreve; Hart (Adams 58 mins), Fairweather, Richards, Jackson; Gow (McQuaid 70), Maddison, Marshall, Draper; Allen, Vieira (A Williams 60). Sub (not used): Pearson.
Bookings: Draper, Maddison.
Sendings off: Richards, Cotton.