Bacon banned for Vase tie

Wisbech Town FC v St Ives in FA Vase action
Wisbech Town FC v St Ives in FA Vase action

It looks like it will be one key player confirmed and one missing for Wisbech Town in their big FA Carlsberg Vase fourth round trip to Gornal Athletic on Saturday.

Captain Paul Cousins says he is ready after recovering from a calf injury. However, in-form striker Chris Bacon will begin a three-match suspension, after he was sent off for retaliation in the goalless Boxing Day draw at home to Godmanchester Rovers.

Bacon said he was “deeply disappointed” to be missing this weekend’s tie, the winners of which gain £2,000.

He said: “I want to play every game I can as I am that sort of player who gets the most out of playing regularly.

“It’s disappointing to miss the game but it is my own fault I got sent off. You live and learn.

“I am deeply disappointed from a selfish point of view, but from a team point of view I know the team is more than capable of going and doing a job. We just have to worry about our game.”

Manager Steve Appleby said: “Chris is one of our most experienced players but all our other options up front are well capable.”

Bacon said he will travel to the game and try to get as close to the action as possible to give his input and backing to the Fenmen, but admits he is not a good spectator.

Bacon – who turns 29 next week – said: “I really struggle from an emotional point of view but I will give the boys all the support I can do.

“Hopefully I get on the bench, but if not I will give any help or advice I can.”

Skipper and centre-half Cousins returned last week in the Cambs Invitation Cup-tie and got more precious game time for Leverington in the Peterborough League on Saturday.

The 30-year-old said: “I’ve had no problems with the injury, everything’s fine.

“I thought I was going to miss the Vase game, but hopefully with the 90 minutes I had on Saturday and having 70 minutes against March, I will be OK. It felt fine after Saturday, to be fair.

“I’m looking forward to the game – it’s the Vase isn’t it. It’s a good draw for us.

“They beat Boston Town in the last round and Apps knows the Boston boys. They said they were unlucky to lose.

“So hopefully we can get a win and get a home draw for the next round.”