Disappointing end to unbeaten run

Soham Town Rangers'Deakin Napier controls the ball
Soham Town Rangers'Deakin Napier controls the ball

Felixstowe 1,

Wisbech Town 0

The Fenmen’s unbeaten run of seven games in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division came to an abrupt end with a disappointing display on Saturday.

Steve Appleby was without Rogan McGeorge, Steven Reid and Matt Lunn but had new signing Deakan Napier, a former Soham, Histon and Needham winger, making his debut and Lewis Sturman, from Boston, on the bench.

Napier almost made an immediate impact as Wisbech started well, but his close-range attempt on goal hit Ollie Gale. There was also early claims for a penalty turned down but the home side also suffered a poor decision when they had the ball in the net after 15 minutes only to see it ruled out wrongly for offside.

But the Seasiders did take the lead after 24 minutes when Lea Jordan raced out of his area to clear the ball but was closed down by Jamie Cole’s block tackle. Both players finished on the ground, but Cole was on his feet quickest to lob the ball over Scott Johnson into the net.

It was a disappointing first half from the Fenmen but they did up their game somewhat after the break with Paul Cousins firing just wide on the hour and then Adam Millson heading against the crossbar.

Dubi Ogbonna also did not make the most of a couple of openings, while at the the end the home side had another goal ruled out for offside.

Appleby said: “We just did not perform. You can get away with a couple of players having an off day but when it is five or six you are going to lose.

“Deakan and Neal Spafford were our best players but we were just not good enough.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Anthony Reeve, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Scott Johnson; Deakan Napier, Neal Spafford, Adam Millson, Ollie Gale, Chris Bacon, Dubi Ogbonna. Subs used: Lewis Sturman, Toby Ogbonna.