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Fenmen boss Setchell said it should have been three points against nine men in Evo-Stik D1 North East

By Pete Woodhouse

Wisbech Town bagged a vital point in their relegation battle to end a losing streak – but manager Gary Setchell said it should have been all three against the nine men of AFC Mansfield in a 1-1 home draw.

The visitors played with ten men for most of the game and nine for most of the second half.

Toby Hilliard headed Wisbech, now fourth from bottom, level in the 79th minute in Evo-Stik D1 North East.

March Town v Downham FC. (8160817)
March Town v Downham FC. (8160817)

Wisbech boss Setchell said: "With five games to go we're still outside the bottom three – that's the only plus there.

"With Carlton, Gresley and Spalding all losing, it was the perfect opportunity to put distance between ourselves and them.

"We've not kept a clean sheet since Brighouse away, probably October or November-time.

"Their goal was a goal-kick that bounced twice, we gave away a free-kick, and it was a soft goal. We don't score soft goals but teams come here and score soft goal after soft goal.

"We had plenty of possession. We put some good balls in but didn't manipulate the ball enough. We didn't stretch them. We made it easy for them."

March Town v Downham FC. (8160810)
March Town v Downham FC. (8160810)

He added: "I'd love to say we battered them in the second half but it wasn't the case.

"They did what they should do. They slowed it down – why wouldn't they? They've got nine men.

"We now need four, five or six points to stay up.

"The lads are putting their bodies on the line and trying their best, but we've got to be better than that."

Wisbech next travel to Marske Utd on Saturday (April 6).

Setchell said: "We've got Marske and as soon as we play against the top boys we seem to put in better performances. We're better on the break."

Thurlow Nunn League

First Division North

Fifth-spot March Town United won at home 2-0 versus near-neighbours Downham Town.

Hares goals came from Toby Allen and Florian Guimdo.

Wisbech St Mary picked up their firsat point in a long while, 2-2 at home to Cornard United.

Jack Brand and Jordan Goult were on target.

On Saturday March go to Leiston Res and Saints, now level on poits (19) at the bottom with Felixstowe & Walton United Res, host AFC Sudbury Res.


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