Fenmen win cup replay

Desborough Town 2, Wisbech Town 5

IT was high-fives for the Fenmen as they eased past Desborough in Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay to set up a home-tie with Yaxley in the next round (August 25).

It was an excellent second performance from Steve Appleby’s side as they gave the home side a soccer lesson and grabbed five goals.

Wisbech really should have been in front at half-time, but Chris Bacon had a shot well saved and then Dubi Ogbonna failed to hit the target with two good chances as well.

At the other end Desborough also came close when Andy Gordon hit the bar from 30 yards out and from the rebound Kevin Byrne’s header forced a good save from Lea Jordan.

But it took just three minutes of the second half for Wisbech to break the deadlock when Rogan McGeorge hit an excellent shot from the right side of the penalty area. It initially looked to be going over the bar, but dipped just in time to find the net. Desborough argued there had been a push but the referee gave the goal.

The goal really lifted the Wisbech performance and Matt Lunn made a good run along the bye line but his shot was blocked by a defender.

Stacy Cartwright limped off with a knee injury to be replaced by Ollie Gale and after 62 minutes Wisbech made it 2-0 when Jon Fairweather headed down McGeorge’s corner and Chris Bacon swept the ball into the net.

Five minutes later Lunn was up to his tricks again, but this time his shot took a deflection off a defender’s legs to wrong foot the keeper and find the net for 3-0.

Wisbech were now a class apart with their pace and a fourth goal came on 71 minutes when Lunn was brought down in the area and Bacon scored from the penalty spot.

Substitute Simon Mowbray, who had come on for Ogbonna, raced clear from a McGeorge pass and made it five with a stylish finish on 81 minutes.

Desborough, who had not lost at home since January, were finally rewarded for their efforts with two goals in the 88th and 91st minutes with Ryan Morgan and Jack Burrows finding the net with two good strikes from outside the area. Both players arrived late after being held up in traffic on the MI.

Appleby said: “We upped our game after the break and as soon as we got the first goal there was only going to be one winner.

“We did not move the ball quick enough in the first half, but we stepped up a level after the break and passed the ball well. We just got a bit sloppy near the end for their two goals.

“It has taken us two games to get the job done but at least we are now through to the next round.”

Wisbech: Lea Jordan, Neal Spafford, Paul Cousins, Jon Fairweather, Stacy Cartwright; Rogan McGeorge, Adam Millson, Steven Reid, Matt Lunn; Chris Bacon, Dubi Ogbonna. Subs used: Ollie Gale, Simon Mowbray, Darren Jimson.

Yaxley manager Brett Whaley was in charge of the March team that took Wisbech to a cup replay last season and has seven of the players who played in those two games with him now at the UCL club.

Former March player Ash Brand scored twice in Yaxley’s 3-1 win over Northampton Spencer in Tuesday night’s replay.