Cousins sees red in entertaining thriller

CRC 3, Wisbech Town 3

Key Fenmen defender Paul Cousins was sent off as both sides saw red in an entertaining encounter on Wednesday in the Ridgeons Premier Division.

Wisbech had raced into an early two goal lead before the turning point came when the hosts were awarded a hotly-disputed penalty and Cousins saw red for dissent in the aftermath.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby denies Cousins swore at the referee, and said: “I had a polite conversation with the referee and he told me Paul was sent off for swearing.

“But Paul swears on his life, and he’s backed up by other players, that he didn’t swear.

“We had the game won at 2-0 up, and the ref decides to give them a penalty and books ‘Cousi’, who then says something and is sent off. We lost our way and conceded two goals.

“We got our noses in front and got a penalty which wasn’t really a penalty. I think the ref has tried to even it up a bit.

“We conceded a free-kick with 15 minutes to go and the lad has driven it in. Then the ref sent off their captain with ten minutes to go.

“We had a go at them, we could have won it but all in all I’m happy to come away with something.

“We knew there was a referee’s assessor in the ground. It felt like it was eight or nine bookings and it was not a dirty game.

“When there is an assessor it is our worst nightmare as it is just something that affects people. There were so many bookings just for the first tackle and it is almost as if you’re not allowed to just referee it.”

The visitors had gone ahead after just two minutes via an Adam Millson tap in after great skill by recent signing Denny Escorcio on the right wing.

Escorcio also provided the second goal for Bacon with neat play, his cross leading to an easy strike for the resurgent Fenmen forward.

Cousins received his marching orders before the Cambridge side levelled at 2-2 as the Fenmen seemed to have lost their heads too.

Bacon bagged his brace with a penalty before the hosts had the final say with a late free kick from 30 yards along the ground.

Appleby is not planning to appeal Cousins’ red card, which means the defender should miss the Walsham-le-Willows game on April 21: “I don’t think you can appeal two yellow cards anyway, it’s just not worth it,” Appleby added.

Wisbech: Roberts, Fairweather, Cousins, Cartwright, Johnson, Thompson, Reid, Millson, Gale, Escorcio, Bacon. Subs used: Spafford and Lunn.