Misfiring Fenmen spurn their chance to go top

Wisbech Town 0,

Dereham Town 1

The misfiring Fenmen wasted a hatful of chances to go top in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division on Saturday.

Matt Lunn, Adam Millson, Chris Bacon and Dubi Ogbonna were just some of the culprits lacking their shooting boots at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium after the hosts had gone behind to an early strike by Dereham, who have three games in hand on the leaders.

Wisbech boss Steve Appleby said: “The first half was pretty even but in the second we absolutely battered them. How we didn’t score or win I will never know.”

The Fenmen were behind after just five minutes, and Appleby was not happy with the goal: “I felt a bit aggrieved,” he said.

“There was a foul on Adam Millson that they didn’t spot and it went out for a corner. It then looked like Paul Cousins was taken out, the ball dropped and the lad shot in the net.

“We got on with it and in the second half if I’m being honest I was disappointed. If you don’t finish chances then you are not unlucky, I am bitterly disappointed that we should have done better.

“It was just poor finishing. Although their goalkeeper had umpteen saves to make, the shots either hit him or were straight in the middle of the goal – and there were a few wrong choices in the final third of the pitch.”

The biggest misses in Appleby’s opinion were: “Two free headers by Chris Bacon and Dubi Ogbonna from six yards out, and they ended up straight at the keeper. Dubi missed a side-footed shot from eight yards, Matt Lunn had a chance, then Adam Millson had a late chance – you could go on.

It leaves Wisbech three points behind leaders Mildenhall. Appleby does not think the result makes the visitors favourites for the league title.

He commented: “All it does is tighten things up between the five teams at the top. It’s between Mildenhall, ourselves, Brantham, Walsham and Dereham.

“We just need to make sure that the next time when we have got a chance to go top, that we answer the questions.”

Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson, Cousins, Cartwright, Reid, Millson, McGeorge, Lunn, Bacon, D. Ogbonna. Subs used: Napier, Friend.