Ex-Tulip Tony earns Fenmen draw

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Wisbech v Spalding football action

Wisbech v Spalding football action

Tony Battersby scored against his former club to earn the Fenmen a creditable draw with the red-hot United Counties League title favourites the Tulips.

It was only the second time this season anyone has taken points off Spalding United, who are 17 points clear at the top of the Premier Division after Saturday. It leaves Wisbech in seventh place on 40 points from 26 games.

Wisbech Town joint boss Dick Creasey said: “It was a hard-earned point and I think we deserved it. We probably could taken all three and the players put a good shift in.

“With the pitch as it was and the wind as it was never going to be a great football match, but we’ve got no complaints and a draw was probably fair.”

The game at the Elgood’s Stadium survived an 11am pitch inspection but hard work by vice-chairman Dave Parsons and his team ensured the derby was one of just three Premier matches played.

In tricky blustery conditions Battersby capitalised on a goalkeeping mistake to open the scoring on 13 minutes. However Mark Jones equalised for Spalding after 61 minutes.

Creasey said: “All goals probably come from some sort of mistake, but Tony was on it in a flash. Adam Millson, who had an outstanding game, had a great chance just before half-time. Nine times out of ten he would have scored it but the ball was stuck under his feet.

“We’d had the winds at our backs and I think we played better in the second half with the wind against us. The back four stood out well against their front men and the midfield three battled away.

Wisbech: Jordan, Docherty, Spafford, Cousins, Johnson, James, Reid, White, Millson, Cobb (Lunn 60), Battersby. Subs: Stocks, Tricks, Davis.

Creasey confirmed the Fenmen have re-signed from Spalding key central defender Jon Fairweather who is not cup-tied for the FA Vase.

Creasey said: “We’re delighted to have Jon back, he’s a footballing centre-half. The Vase is a massive game for us.

“They’re not top of the Thurlow Nunn League and 15 points clear for no reason – but we’ll go there with belief and confidence.”