Wisbech Town 3,
Stanway Rovers 1
THE FENMEN went to the top of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division with their sixth league win of the season at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.
But once again they had to do it the hard way after trailing to a 19th minute penalty when Paul Cousins blocked a shot and was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area. Goalkeeper Niall Conroy-Owen making his debut on loan from St Ives was sent the wrong way by Kevin Coyle.
But even before that Wisbech had three good chances with Adam Millson missing the best bet of the when his header from a Chris Bacon cross was saved by the keeper and Dubi Ogbonna wasted a one on one.
Wisbech then lost skipper Cousins with an achilles injury and Rogan McGeorge switched to right back with Ollie Gale coming on.
Ogbonna’s pace was always a threat to Stanway and he scored the equaliser on 30 minutes when Scott Johnson’s shot was blocked and the ball fell into the striker’s path to slot home.
Six minutes into the second half the physical Stanway side were reduced to 10 men when Ross Norfolk picked up a second yellow card for a late tackle on Millson.
Wisbech now began to dominate with Millson heading just wide from an Ogbonna cross and then Paul Rutherford pulled off two fine saves to deny the home side.
Finally the pressure paid off after 80 minutes when Ollie Gale collected the ball on the edge of the area and created enough space to fire in a low drive past Rutherford to give Wisbech the lead at 2-1.
Ogbonna should have scored soon after but shot wide and on the 85th minute Millson wrapped up the points heading home a Bacon cross after a succession of passes.
Boss Steve Appleby said: “It’s great to go top. It’s the place where every team wants to be, but we know it is very early days still.
“It was a relief when the second goal went in because I did feel it was going to be one of those days with Paul Rutherford making some great saves. It looked as though we would need a special goal and Ollie came up with a very good strike.”
Wisbech: Niall Conroy-Owen, Jon Fairweather, Paul Cousins, Neal Spafford, Scott Johnson; Rogan McGeorge, Steven Reid, Adam Millson, Matt Lunn; Chris Bacon, Dubi Ogbonna. Subs used: Ollie Gale, Toby Ogbonna, Darren Jimson.