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Wisbech Town recorded their biggest win in two years after manager Brett Whaley left on Thursday, and interim manager Chris Lenton was delighted.

After an impressive performance in which his side could and should have scored several more goals in a 3-0 home win over Soham, Lenton said: "I'm really pleased with the result. Soham are bottom but they drew at Stamford recently and they have some decent players so we were expecting a tough game.

"We asked the guys to give everything they had and their effort could not be questioned, but there was quality there too. We had so many chances, especially in the first half, and the worry is the opposition will get one and stick it in the net.

Interim manager Chris Lenton and assistant Arran Duke leave the pitch after victory
Interim manager Chris Lenton and assistant Arran Duke leave the pitch after victory

"But the defence played really well and Dean Grogan came in and made a big impact. We didn't want him to leave last season when he did and we appreciate Lakenheath letting him come in when Luke Wilson went down with Covid.

"When a manager goes and you get an interim boss who is already part of the set-up you get that siege mentality. I really didn't have to say too much before the game. The chairman came in and said a few words about togetherness, and the commitment from the lads was superb.

"We got our first clean sheet for a while and we gave Soham hardly any chances. Our organisation was good, we were compact and had good communication."

Interim assistant manager Arran Duke
Interim assistant manager Arran Duke

It was a great team performance but Lenton singled out three players for special praise: "I am so happy with Joe Gascoigne and how he played today. He was blowing a bit before we took him off but he made a big impression today and when he came on as sub last week at Coleshill.

"He is very mature for his age and has great communication in the middle of the park, telling players to go into certain positions to help each other out.

"Dylan Edge worked his socks off and Sam Bennett rightly got the man of the match after his two goals."

Next game for Wisbech is another derby, at on-form Yaxley on New Year's Day. Former Cuckoos player Lenton said: "I played many years for Yaxley, including with their manager (Andy Furnell). I know their strengths and I know many of their players.

Chris Lenton and Arran Duke
Chris Lenton and Arran Duke

"They are good on their own 3G pitch and play good football on it, but, like all teams, they also have one or two weaknesses that we'll try to exploit.

"They had a great result today winning at Stamford but we're looking forward to it and everyone will be available. We want to build on today's result, keep the guys going and get some continuity."

Interim manager Chris Lenton
Interim manager Chris Lenton
Arran Duke (left) and Chris Lenton
Arran Duke (left) and Chris Lenton
Arran Duke (left) and Chris Lenton
Arran Duke (left) and Chris Lenton
Christ Lenton (left) and Arran Duke lead their team off after victory this afternoon
Christ Lenton (left) and Arran Duke lead their team off after victory this afternoon


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