Wisbech’s cup shocker

Wisbech Town 0, Soham Town 2

FENMEN boss Steve Appleby described his side’s performance as the poorest since he took charge just over two years ago as they limped out of the Cambs Invitation Cup at the Fenland Stadium on Tuesday night.

It was really Wisbech’s last chance of any silverware this season and yet it was almost as though the players did not want to reach a cup final.

Appleby, on a night he announced he would be staying on as manager next season, said: “That was shocking. The players were just not up for the game at all and this was a cup semi-final. It was about the poorest performance since I have been in charge here.

“Only the goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace and Ollie Pinner can really hold their heads up. We were just not at the races. We did not pass the ball and consequently kept giving them the ball. I can have no complaints about the result as they thoroughly deserved their win.

“I have let the players know my feelings and they are an honest bunch of lads and it will be hurting them. I am sure they will want to give a good reaction for Saturday.”

The first half was very poor from both sides. Wisbech did have the ball in the net three times only to be ruled out for offside although Chris Baker did look to be onside when his sweet strike hit the net.

But generally Wisbech were sloppy with the ball and certainly did not play to Darren Jimson’s strength of holding the ball up and he was left to scamper after misjudged passes for 45 minutes.

Soham offered little goal threat until late on in the half when Dubi Ogbonna gave warning though when he burst clear and shot narrowly wide after 30 minutes. Then 10 minutes later the same player made the most of some poor defending to shoot Soham ahead.

Two minutes into the second half Callum Reed headed just wide from a Matt Lunn cross and former Fenman Lea Jordan, making a guest appearance for Soham, was alert to intervene as Bacon closed in on a Reed pass.

But after that Jordan was not troubled to make a real save and at the other end Ogbonna rattled the crossbar and then forced a good save from Lovelace with a free kick.

Another former Fenmen Scott Carter made it 2-0 with a shot from the edge of the area on 70 minutes and there was no way back for Wisbech then as Soham player manager Andy Furnell made a triumphant return.

Wisbech: Ricky Lovelace, Neal Spafford, Scott Johnson, Jon Fairweather, Ollie Pinner, Callum Reed, Adam Millson, Steven Reid, Chris Bacon, Darren Jimson, Matt Lunn. Subs used: Nick Davey, Ollie Gale, Danny Emmington.