Downham Town 1,
Wisbech Town 4
FENMEN striker Chris Bacon scored a hat-trick to seal this Ridgeons League Cup first round tie at the Memorial Field last Tuesday.
Holders Wisbech cruised through after being made to work hard for their win in the first half. The visitors dominated the opening half as Callum Reed, who was a thorn in Downham’s side all evening, and Bacon missed early chances.
Most of the play was in the hosts’ half. Dogged defending, as Liam Nimmo had an effort cleared off the line and Downham goalkeeper Lee Brooks performed heroics, looked like frustrating Wisbech until five minutes before the break.
Bacon converted a corner from close range at the far post to calm any nerves the Fenmen had. Liam Nimmo doubled the advantage two minutes later when he chased a long ball, beating the stranded Brooks to it and lobbed it just under the bar.
However, just two minutes later Downham hit back to give themselves a lifeline with their first shot on target.
Jack May’s shot was goalbound and the scrambling defender Anthony Reeve could only help it into his own net just before the interval.
Seconds after the break Bacon sent a first-time volley wide, and the forward was then denied by Brooks at a corner.
Bacon restored the two-goal cushion five minutes after the break by turning home a low cross from Reed from six yards out and Wisbech renewed their wave of attacks against the Ridgeons League Division One underdogs.
Reed and Nimmo had hit the woodwork, while Reed’s 20-yarder was blocked and Bacon’s follow-up went wide.
However, after 64 minutes Bacon completed his hat-trick to seal the tie.
Steven Reid earned a corner, which was taken by Reed and headed home by the uncontested Bacon for a soft goal from the home point of view.
Brooks denied Reed, who was unlucky not to score, numerous times; while in the dying minutes Brooks had to be alert to stop an own goal deflection off his defender Sam Hanslip at a Reed corner.
Wisbech: Ryan Rayner, Jon Fairweather, Scott Johnson, Stacy Cartwright, Anthony Reeve, Callum Reed, Ollie Gale, Steven Reid, Chris Bacon, Liam Nimmo, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Nick Davey, Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson.