Fenmen warm up well for Diamonds visit

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.

Wisbech Town 4,

AFC Kempston Rovers 1

Three first-half goals sent the Fenmen on the way to victory in Saturday’s United 
Counties League Premier 
Division fixture as a warm-up for a former league club’s visit.

On 14 minutes Tom James opened the scoring, on 35 minutes Callum Reed slotted in the first of his two penalties and Kieran Doherty struck just before the break. A penalty apiece completed the scoring, Reed converting on 77 minutes.

This puts Wisbech Town in seventh spot with 17 points from 13 games, one place and two points ahead of AFC Kempston.

The first home spot-kick was for handball and the second came after the break for a foul on Callum Stocks.

Joint boss Paul Cousins said: “The first half was the best we have played this season – we played some really good football.

“When they scored at the start of the second half we panicked a little bit, which we have got to learn from. We need to relax a bit more.

“For the first penalty the defender stuck his hands out and if he had kept them by his side it would have gone in.

“For the second I don’t know how the centre-half stayed on the field; nor their keeper in the first half when he handled the ball outside his box.

“Their penalty was very harsh.

“Neal Spafford came across, the lad turned, Neal hasn’t moved and he went across Neal’s leg.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson, Cousins, Fairweather, Reid, Reed, Doherty, Battersby, White, James. Subs: Stocks, Smith, Tricks, Green.

Joint boss Scott Johnson and utility player Neal Spafford are both at a wedding on Saturday. Cousins is trying to get a loan centre-half for their next game.

Cousins said of Saturday’s opponents AFC Rushden & Diamonds: “I think they’ll be top three side come the end of the season.

“They are going to be a strong side and have already proved that in an FA Cup run. But they’re beatable, as Peterborough Northern Star proved there last week (a 3-2 win at the Diamonds).”

The Diamonds, a former football league club, have played just six league fixtures due to their FA Cup involvement, where they reached the Third Round Qualifying; and Rushden won 6-0 at Woodford United in the FA Vase at the weekend.

Adam Millson (ankle) will be out for another fortnight. Jon Fairweather completed his comeback from an ankle problem in Saturday’s win, with praise from Cousins:

“Jon played ever so well – we missed him a lot,” he commented.

Wisbech had no squad worries for last night’s home Premier Division game with Sleaford.