Wisbech Town 3,
Newport Pagnell Town 1
New management duo Paul Cousins and Scott Johnson won their first full game in charge, which was capped by a wonder goal from teenage striker Jack Friend.
Cousins called Friend’s goal, which made it 3-1 with ten minutes remaining, one of the best he had seen and sealed victory on Saturday in the UCL Premier at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
Cousins said: “Jack picked up a 40-yard pass, a crossfield ball, and I thought: ‘What’s he doing with it?’
“It was at an acute angle and he just sidefooted a lob over the goalkeeper. It is one of the best goals I have seen and it’s the best one at the new Fenland Park stadium.”
Steven Reid had put the Fenmen ahead on eight minutes. Dan Silver equalised for the Swans on 25 minutes but Tom James restored the hosts’ lead on 42 minutes.
Cousins added: “It was a good team workrate and performance, and we were back to our old selves. In the second half we played ever so well.
“Lea Jordan is back as we needed a goalkeeper in with Tom Roberts injured possibly for two or three weeks.”
Lewis Clayton came on for Matt Lunn as the latter had to leave early in connection with work.
Lunn has continued to commit when the forward can despite moving to London, and Cousins said: “I have asked him as a favour to do a few more games. He should be available next Saturday and if he’s there on Tuesday it’s a bonus.”
Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson, Fairweather, Gale, Reed, Butt, Reid, Friend, Lunn, James. Subs: Cousins, Clayton, Scott-Henson, Roberts.