WISBECH Town and March Town both lost their unbeaten records for the season last night (Tuesday) in Ridgeons League games before their FA Cup clash on Saturday.
Premier Division leaders Wisbech lost 3-0 at home to Dereham with former Fenman Billy Smith scoring the second goal after the break.
A minute’s silence was observed before kick off for former Wisbech goalkeeper Mark Ovendale who sadly lost his battle to cancer.
Dereham had taken the lead after 23 minutes from the penalty spot when Neal Spafford was adjudged to have pushed Smith in the box. Then two goals in three minutes in the second half virtually killed the game.
It was Wisbech’s poorest display this season in front of their biggest crowd of 337.
Manager Steve Appleby commented: “It was a bad day at the office. Everything we tried has not come off and on top if that we have had a soft penalty given against us. We have not done well enough but you have to take it on the chin and go again.”
To add to a miserable night, Wisbech have Anthony Reeve, Steven Reid and Liam Nimmo doubtful for Saturday’s cup game after picking up knocks.
March can look to missed chances after losing 1-0 In Division One at the GER to Godmanchester who they had beaten 3-0 only two weeks ago.
Godmanchester scored their winner with four minutes to go after Ricky Goodale and Luke Pepper had the best of a handful of opportunities for the Hares.
Manager Brett Whaley said: “We got punished for not taking our chances but to be fair their goalkeeper made some good saves. Sometimes games go that way.”