Fenmen opening win’s worth the wait

Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed.
Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed.

Wellingborough Town 1, Wisbech Town 3

Wisbech Town triumphed on Saturday at Wellingborough – their first match in the United Counties League for 63 years.

The Fenmen switched to the UCL Premier Division from the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division over the summer and had a solid start in their new campaign.

The away side gained an early penalty for handball which Callum Reed converted in the eighth minute. The hosts soon equalised, however.

The visitors retook the lead after the break when a corner was cleared, Ollie Gale shot across the face of goal and Jon Fairweather turned the ball into the net.

Wisbech gave themselves a two-goal cushion thanks to a Stacy Cartwright free-kick being headed against the bar by Adam Millson, and Neal Spafford – who has already been on the scoresheet in pre-season – headed home the rebound.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby said: “We certainly started well and for 15 minutes we were on top. They equalised which gave them a massive lift. At the back end of the first half they were on top and put pressure on us.

“There was a strong wind but we stood firm, and I was pleased to get them in at half-time at 1-1.

“It was quite clear that the boys were getting frustrated with what was going on. We like to play our football, but I said to stick to our plan, and it was a lesson learned in the end.”

Wisbech: Roberts, Spafford, Johnson (c), Fairweather, Cartwright, Reid, Reed, Millson, James, White, Gale. Subs: Lunn, Reeve, Friend, Clayton.