Goal-shy Fenmen draw a blank in stalemate

Wisbech football club match action v Felixstowe
Wisbech football club match action v Felixstowe

Wisbech Town 0,

Felixstowe & Walton Utd 0

Wisbech endured a frustrating afternoon at a scoreless Elgood’s Fenland Stadium in the Ridgeons Premier Division.

It means the Fenmen have drawn blanks in four out of their last six games.

The hosts tried in vain to break down a resolute Felixstowe side and ran out of ideas, while Wisbech keeper Tom Roberts barely touched the ball.

Clear cut chances were few and far between and mainly restricted to headers from Paul Cousins, Ollie Pinner and Chris Bacon.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby said: “The thing was with both the wind and a hard and bobbly pitch it was scrappy stuff from both sides. We enjoyed most of the possession and chances but it was never going to be pretty in those conditions.

“We worked hard but nearly all our chances were from headers.

“They played one up front. I wouldn’t say they sat back but they were not too adventurous and I bet they were well happy with a point.

“I must admit we have talked about that in the dressing-room because four out of the last six games are at home. Our pitch is bone-dry and rock hard. As we showed on Wednesday against CRC when we are able to get the ball down we’re a good football side.”

In Saturday’s game it was a different matter, as Appleby added: “We are taking too many touches and making sure of passes, and it’s not coming off for us. It is frustrating for everyone.

“I don’t want to be more direct as we’re a footballing side and I don’t want to go there, but it is something we have to consider because it is horses for courses.

“When the weather and pitch is to our liking we are as good a footballing side as anyone in this league but when it is dry it is a great leveller.

“Overall I can’t fault the lads’ effort and trying, their only fault is on quality at the moment. We have to be a bit better than what we are playing.”

After Denny Escorcio’s arrival, Appleby will not be bringing in any more players. “That will be it for the rest of the season.

“We got Denny in because he improves us up top and gives us a bit extra. The rest of the lads are fine.

“Denny has done well for us. He has got a bit of quality and he is a quick, pacy lad. Denny has great footwork and brings us a lot of flair. He is an exciting player who can change games.”

Wisbech: Roberts, Reeve, Spafford, Cousins, Johnson, Reid, Millson, Thompson, Bacon, Escorcio, Pinner. Subs used: Emmington, Fairweather and Murphy.