Hadleigh 1, Wisbech Town 2
THE Fenmen bounced back after two indifferent performances to collect a very valuable three points in the Ridgeons Premier Division on a day when teams above them faltered.
Manager Steve Appleby said his players were honest enough to come up with a good response after a poor performance in a cup semi-final five days earlier and he certainly got just that.
They did go a goal behind really against the run of play after 19 minutes when Ollie Canfer scored with a header at the far post, but there was real determination about Wisbech in this game.
They equalised in injury time at the end of the first half when Paul Cousins headed a Scott Johnson corner back across goal. Nick Davey headed it goalwards and Chris Bacon snapped up the loose ball to score his first goal in eight games but taking his tally to 18 for the season.
Wisbech were even better after the break with Neal Spafford and Matt Lunn going close with good efforts before the winner came after 75 minutes.
Jon Fairweather hit a ball over the top of the Hadleigh defence and Davey ran on to it to hit his shot under the diving body of the home goalkeeper.
Eight minutes later Hadleigh had Kris Rose sent off and two minutes after Lunn forced a very good save from home goalkeeper Dan Heath.
The home side put some pressure on the Wisbech goal in the last five minutes with Ricky Lovelace tipping one effort over the bar, but the defence held on well to take a deserved three points.
Appleby said: “I was looking for a reaction from the players after our last two results and I got one as they did really well.
“They went a goal down really against the run of play, but they rolled up their sleeves and showed true grit to come back.
“I think we could actually have scored three or four goals in the first half. They did come at us near the end but I think we dealt with the pressure very well.”
Wisbech: Ricky Lovelace, Jon Fairweather, Paul Cousins, Ollie Pinner, Scott Johnson, Neal Spafford, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Chris Bacon, Nick Davey, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Ollie Gale, Sam Murphy.