Many ‘Appy returns for Cousins’ comeback

Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'
Wisbech Town at home to Clacton. Paul Cousins played at No 4.'

Wisbech Town 3,

FC Clacton 1

The Fenmen beat the basement seaside team to keep their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division promotion bid on track on Saturday.

The “inspirational” Paul Cousins and Joe Jackson provided the first half goals. Matt Lunn scored the home side’s third with seven minutes remaining after the visitors pulled a goal back on 57 minutes.

Wisbech manager Steve Appleby said: “A special word for Paul Cousins: he came back and was inspirational. He leads from the front and sticks his head in where others put their feet.

“He is a tower of strength and good to have back.”

Cousins has missed most of the last fortnight’s action due to illness.

Appleby added: “We were 2-0 up at half-time and it should have been more.

“They managed to get a goal and put us under pressure but we seemed to kill it with the third goal. Game over.

“We’ve just got to win games, it’s not about goals.

“We’re playing against teams that are fighting for their lives, you can’t expect to beat them 4, 5 or 6-0.

“It is just an ugly game for fans. I heard fans cry ‘play football’. I think Manchester Utd wouldn’t do that on a rock hard pitch and in those winds.

“I know it’s not pretty and I apologise to the fans but winning games is all that matters.”

“I managed to rest four lads and I will switch it around for Tuesday.”

Defender Anthony Reeve misses the Woodbridge home game last night (Tuesday) due to a break but will return for Saturday’s Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division trip to Hadleigh.

Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson, Cousins, Reeve, Reid, Bacon, Gale, Jackson, White, Lunn. Subs: Reed, Cartwright.

Wisbech Town 1,

Mildenhall Town 0

Midfielder Danny White’s goal on the half-hour mark separated the sides on Tuesday last week.

Appleby said: “It was a well-deserved three points.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Fairweather, Johnson, Spafford, Cartwright, Reid, Bacon, Millson, Lunn, White, Reed. Sub: Gale.