Cousins injury blow as Street returns in goal

Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. Paul Cousins leads his team out.
Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. Paul Cousins leads his team out.

SKIPPER Paul Cousins is struggling with achilles tendonitis and will miss Wisbech Town’s home game with lowly Wivenhoe at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

The defender came off after only 25 minutes in the win against Stanway Rovers last weekend and is likely to need two weeks rest.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “Paul was struggling with the injury before the game, but was determined to give it a go. We will now need to nurse the injury over the next few weeks and he will miss the Wivenhoe game for a start.

“With Stacy Cartwright out as well we have become a bit stretched at the back now but Anthony Reeve starts training again this week and should be in the squad for Saturday.”

Striker Chris Bacon is another player in the wars too. He turned his ankle in the win against March, but was keen to play on Saturday before another crunching tackle forced him off late in the game.

Appleby added: “Chris is a big strong lad so I am expecting him to be ok for Saturday. It shows the spirit in the squad that everyone is desperate to play their part.”

On paper Wisbech look good for three points against Wivenhoe, who have lost their last five league games, but Appleby said: “We cannot afford to go out there and take things for granted. They will come here with nothing to lose and we have to keep things as simple as possible and continue our good form.”

Appleby also admitted it was a real relief to get last week out of the way following his goalkeeping problems.

He was forced to sign three goalkeepers last week. Initially he thought Ricky Lovelace would fill the void left by the Lea Jordan and Tom Roberts injuries but he then injured his shoulder against March. Alex Street, another new signing, had to play for King’s Lynn last Saturday, so on Thursday Appleby had to loan Niall Conroy-Owen from St Ives.

Appleby said: “You just don’t expect to have three goalkeepers injured in two weeks, so it was a frustrating week but fortunately St Ives helped us with Niall. He did not have a lot of saves to make, but his talking and his collecting of crosses was first class and he did very well for us.

“After all that went on before and in the game it was a relief to finish with three points and a bonus to be top of the table.”

Street also did well for Lynn at the weekend saving a twice-taken penalty in their 1-0 win over Barwell in the FA Trophy and “Pedro” will play his first game for Wisbech at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday since leaving the club for King’s Lynn in 2010.