Appleby ponders Fenmen future

Wisbech town manager Steve Appleby
Wisbech town manager Steve Appleby

Ely City 2, Wisbech Town 1

WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby is seri-ously contemplating his future after being ordered from the dug out in this Ridgeons Premier clash on Boxing Day.

Appleby (pictured) received his marching orders from the referee after Ely had taken a first half lead at 2-1 when there clearly looked to be a foul on Neal Spafford.

He made his feelings known from the touch line when the linesman drew the attention of the referee. “I was not happy with the decision but I did not swear at the referee, but the linesman said I had sworn.

“But one of our fans apologised to me afterwards and told me it was him who had called the referee a f****** w*****. I was also upset with an earlier decision when Nick Davey was bundled over in the box for a blatant penalty.

“Also about 10 minutes before I was ordered off their centre forward told the referee to f*** off but was only shown a yellow card. We must have had 10 games this season where big decisions have gone against us.

“I am from the old school regarding a man’s game but we have had some bad decisions go against us and the trouble is you cannot tell the truth any more. I am really contemplating whether I can carry on.”

Wisbech, despite fielding a very makeshift side with even Callum Reed taking on full back duties, made the perfect start with Davey’s cross from the bye line being deflected into the Ely net for an own goal.

Soon after came the penalty incident where Davey was fouled and the striker was also denied a good chance when the Ely keeper closed him down before he could shoot.

Sam Murphy hit the post with a shot from the edge of the box before the home side equalised with a scrappy goal after 15 minutes.

Ely took the lead when Spafford was taken out as he attempted to clear and then the loose ball was put in the net.

An even second half saw chances at both ends with Davey and Spafford having efforts cleared off the line.

Two minutes from the end Ely made the points safe when Ryan Rayner did not catch the ball cleanly and the loose ball was deposited into the net.

Appleby added: “It was disappointing to lose to Ely as we had come there trying to take the points and big decisions have gone against us. We are still in the melting pot and there is a long way to go so it is not the end of things.”

Wisbech: Ryan Rayner, Callum Reed, Neal Spafford, Jon Fairweather, Ollie Pinner, Sam Murphy, Steve Reid, Adam Millson, Matt Lunn, Chris Bacon, Nick Davey. Subs used: Lewis Thompson.