Fenmen feel at home in Vase

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Wisbech Town FC on Saturday face their first home draw in the FA Vase competition since January 2012 when they host Cleethorpes.

Based in Grimsby in north east Lincolnshire, Cleethorpes are presently sixth in the Northern Counties East League Premier Division table. They were Division One champions last term.

Wisbech Town manager Dick Creasey said every member of his squad should be available apart from the cup-tied forward Tommy Treacher.

Scott Johnson and Steve Reid, who were at a wedding last weekend, will return to contention.

“We knew Tommy would be cup-tied when we signed him,” said Creasey, who hopes the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium pitch will hold up after it was waterlogged last week.

“Everyone is excited about the home draw. The pitch we’ve not been able to get on since the Rushden fiasco.

“I’m hoping we keep clear of illness and injury before the weekend.

“We will be facing a good side. We had them watched on Saturday and the reports have come back that they’re a good side.

“They have gone through the leagues in the last two or three seasons and they have got some good players.”

AFC Kempston Rovers 0, Wisbech 2

The Fenmen kept in touch with the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier top six with this handy win at Kempston.

Josh Ford, who also had a penalty saved, scored the first goal on 29 minutes.

The points were secured in the second half by Treacher. Nathan Horne returned after his wife has gave birth.

“I haven’t been at Kempston since about 2005/06 and I was pleasantly surprised at the pitch when we got there so I changed the formation.

“The lads dug deep and we were up for it. We went a little bit adventurous – and we can’t do that as much next Saturday as we’ll leave the door open.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Horne, Fairweather, Spafford, Cobb, Millson, Lunn (Wilson), Beaumont (Bishop), Smith, Ford, Treacher. Sub: Cousins.

l A charity game in memory of former Wisbech Town goalkeeper Mark Ovendale will kick-off on December 7.

Ovendale, whose Football League clubs included Barry Town and Luton Town, died of cancer aged 37 in 2011.

The inaugural Ovendale Memorial Cup will take place at Gorefield Playing Field (KO 2pm), between a Macmillan FC and Hatters Talk FC. Money raised will go to Macmillan Cancer Support and Supporters of Luton Youth Development.

Sponsors are needed: call Justin Cross on 07825 882 269 or e-mail kandjcross@sky.com