Fenmen strike six in Vase thriller

Wisbech Town FC second half action. Tom James scored Town's second goal after eight minutes of the second half.
Wisbech Town FC second half action. Tom James scored Town's second goal after eight minutes of the second half.

Gornal Athletic 3,

Wisbech Town 6

Wisbech gained revenge on Saturday for losing out in 
extra time to the same opposition in last season’s fourth round in this FA Vase rematch.

In the last campaign the Fenmen squandered a lead before exiting 4-2 in added time – this time in the second round the Peacocks’ wings were clipped as Tom James scored his second hat-trick in two games.

It earned Town a trip to UCL Premier rivals Spalding Utd in the third round proper on Saturday, December 7.

Midland Alliance side Gornal led three times but James, Danny White (one in each half including an 88th-minute leveller) and Callum Reed with the final 114th-minute goal earned victory.

Joint boss Paul Cousins said: “It’s fantastic because we came from behind every time and in doing it we showed a lot of character.

“It was a great game to watch. We deserved it, definitely, as we looked a lot better in extra time.

“We got there a bit late and our start was poor. In the second half we did better.

“We reversed it from last season when they lost a lead and Danny equalised late in the game, and when it went to extra time we played some good football towards the end. We annihilated them.”

A home player got his marching orders at the end of the first half for two yellow cards (the first for a penalty which Reed missed), a fate which also fell on Cousins, who said: “I’d got booked early in the first half.

“In the first half of extra time I’d done a foul; and thought it would be a yellow but the ref showed me a straight red.

“I couldn’t get my head around it and their manager said it was only a booking.”

The hosts also missed a first-half penalty for a foul adjudged to have been committed by Neal Spafford.

Wisbech: Lovelace, Spafford, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Reed, Doherty, White (Green), Tricks (Lunn), Battersby (Millson), James.

Goalkeeper Lea Jordan and midfielder Callum Stocks return at home to Desborough in the UCL Premier on Saturday after being cup-tied.

James Tricks picked up a head injury when he landed on the floor and had to be replaced in the Vase tie, but Cousins is confident he should be available this week after speaking to the forward.

The club did not appeal Steven Reid’s recent red card and the midfielder has picked up a four game ban, increased by one game from the usual three because he has been sent off once before this season.