Five star Fenmen prove a handful

Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Deakan Napier
Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Deakan Napier

Thetford Town 1,

Wisbech Town 5

Five star Wisbech reached the halfway point of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division season with a morale-boosting victory ahead of Saturday’s big Vase tie.

The Fenmen had previously gone winless in three league matches during December.

Winger Deakan Napier, who could play up front in the absence of Chris Bacon next weekend, sent them on their way in the fourth minute with a long range shot that the home keeper should have dealt with better.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby has Napier, Matt Lunn, Jack Friend or Darren Jimson, who has returned to training, as options up front for Bacon.

A screamer of a home equaliser prompted a flurry of goals around the hour mark.

Ollie Gale soon restored the visiting team’s advantage with another bobbling shot the keeper should have kept out. Bacon made it 3-1 with a close range header soon afterwards.

Bacon turned provider on 75 minutes with neat work down the right to set up Scott Johnson. With three minutes remaining Bacon bagged his second of the game with an easy finish.

It puts the Fenmen in sixth spot with games in hand over all the other top six sides.

They are nine points behind leaders Walsham-le-Willows, who are on 47, with four games in hand.

Appleby said: “It was comfortable in the end.

“We played very well in the first half but we weren’t clinical enough. I said to them at half-time be careful because one silly mistake could cost us.

“However the lad equalised with a top corner strike.

“But we regrouped and killed off the game, which I was well pleased with.

“The boys had a real zip about them, like they did earlier in the week against March. They have come back refreshed. We have had two good wins with plenty of goals behind us.”

If there is no Vase replay then on Tuesday (January 22) Wisbech travel to Ely City.