Kirkley & Pakefield 1, Wisbech Town 3
THE Fenmen won despite going behind before half-time on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
However second half goals from Jon Fairweather, Adam Millson and Chris Bacon earned the victory which puts them in third spot on 13 points, two behind Dereham and Mildenhall on 15 points.
Manager Steve Appleby said: “They went in front and deservedly so and I had a bit of a go at half-time. It was a very hot day, we took our time to get going and we were very lethargic.
“But in the second half we got in their faces, were sharper and at a better level. Very pleasing was the reaction of the boys. They knew they weren’t good enough. We needed to be quicker to the ball and have a quicker tempo.
“It was a big blow not having Paul Cousins but Stacy Cartwright and Neal Spafford did well at centre-half against Ryan Crisp, their striker who is courting some league interest and is a right handful.”
Defender Fairweather levelled almost straight away after the restart. This was soon followed by a deflected shot from midfielder Millson which put the visitors into the lead. A terrible Kirkley & Pakefield back pass went directly to forward Bacon who lobbed the home keeper to seal the points.
However goalkeeper Tom Roberts picked up an ankle injury in the second half that delayed the game and caused him to limp badly. Despite this he played on and had a good game.
Appleby sees Dubi Ogbonna’s younger brother Tony as an impact player for the moment, adding of the 17-year-old who has made sub appearances against Kettering and Kirkley: “He was recommended by Dubi, he is like lightning and a handful.
“He is worth a look at and very full of running. He will upset teams and has a bright future ahead of him. I just hope he doesn’t fall out with Dubi!”
Wisbech: Roberts, Fairweather, Spafford, Cartwright, Johnson, McGeorge, Lunn, Reid, Millson, Bacon, D. Ogbonna. Subs used: Gale, T. Ogbonna.