Wisbech Town 3, Stanway 1
THE Fenmen made it eight wins from their last nine games to bring to an end Stanway’s 11-game unbeaten run in the Ridgeons Premier Division at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.
The three points also shot Wisbech above their rivals in the table and they now sit in fifth place just six points behind the leaders Dereham, but with five games in hand.
Manager Steve Appleby, who named an unchanged starting line-up, was delighted with his team’s performance and commented: “It was fantastic.
“It was perhaps our best performance of the season.
“The work rate was good, we had good quality and the football was excellent too.
“After the first 10 minutes of the first half we were on top but we could not get the goal and you just begin to wonder, but it eventually arrived on the stroke of half-time.”
Wisbech had a number of chances, the best of them when Chris Bacon headed over the bar in front of goal, and it was Liam Nimmo who made the breakthrough when he got in front of the Stanway goalkeeper to poke the ball home after a Callum Reed cross was deflected into the air.
Wisbech should have made it 2-0 very early in the second half when Nimmo squared the ball for Reed who managed to hit the post from two yards.
But the home side continued to dominate after the break and, after a foul on Bacon, play was allowed to continue and Matt Lunn beat one defender and went round the goalkeeper on another of his mesmerising runs before finding the net.
Reed then forced a good save from a free kick just outside the box before a third goal followed on 60 minutes from the penalty spot with Reed converting after handball by a Stanway defender.
Stanway, who have been enjoying an excellent run themselves, pulled a goal back with a header on 80 minutes and put pressure on looking to add to it, but Wisbech stood firm for a very good three points.
Wisbech: Ryan Rayner, Neal Spafford, Anthony Reeve, Stacy Cartwright, Scott Johnson, Callum Reed, Steven Reid, LewisThompson, Chris Bacon, Liam Nimmo, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Jon Fairweather, Paul Jones, Sam Murphy.