Appleby apologises for shocking display

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Wisbech Town 0, Hadleigh 3

FENMEN boss Steve Appleby was so disapp-ointed with his side’s performance on Saturday that he was moved to issue a public apology for what the fans endured at the Tom Woods Beers Fenland Stadium.

Appleby put a statement on the club’s website stating: “As manager, I take full responsibility for the inept performance against Hadleigh.

“I would like to apologise to the supporters and everyone involved with Wisbech Town Football Club and assure you that I will be doing my utmost to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Wisbech had already won at Hadleigh this season but they were torn apart in the first 45 minutes as Wisbech produced a lacklustre performance.

Hadleigh scored after 17 minutes when Luke Read fired into the bottom corner from 20 yards.

Ash Stevens should have put the Fenmen level but took too long and his shot was blocked.

After 28 minutes Hadleigh’s Paul Donnelly was tripped in the area by Lewis Thompson and Josh Mayhew converted the penalty to give Hadleigh a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later Ben Deacon broke clear to lob the advancing keeper Lea Jordan, who has taken the plaudits recently but was below his best in the first 45 minutes this time.

Wisbech were shell-shocked, but they came close on 39 minutes as Hadleigh keeper Louis Johnson made a brilliant one-handed save from Thompson.

The second half saw Hadleigh continue on top with Wisbech too often wasting good possession with wayward passing.

Andy Furnell came on for Ash Stevens and headed just wide while another substitute Nathan Watson was denied by a good save from the keeper. It was just not Wisbech’s day.

Appleby said: “I thought we were terrible and it was the worst performance since I have been here.

“The lads owe the fans an apology for what they produced during those 90 minutes because it was shocking.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Simin Flanz, Stacy Cartwright, Jon Fairweather, Anthony Reeve, Callum Reed, Lewis Thompson, Adam Weston, Darren Jimson, Ash Stevens, Scott Johnson. Subs used: Andy Furnell, Paul Jones, Nathan Watson.