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'Fenladies' need to win three games left to play for remarkable league and cup success


By Pete Woodhouse


S-Tech Championship North: Ketton Ladies 1 Wisbech Town Ladies 2

The 'Fenladies' kept their league title hopes alive by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Ketton, and moved to three points behind with a game in hand.

There are three games left to play for the Wisbech ladies and if they can win all three they will complete a remarkable league and cup double this season.

Chelsea King is mobbed after scoring the Wisbech injury time winner. (9384243)
Chelsea King is mobbed after scoring the Wisbech injury time winner. (9384243)

Travelling with a small squad of 12 including injuries and illness, the Wisbech ladies were worthy winners in a game that was played at a good pace.

They defended superbly and restricted the home team to very few clear cut chances and always looked like likely to score when they attacked.

Sophie Swinden opened the scoring in the first half after 'keeper Rachael Simpson released Yazmin Holmes down the left, and her perfect cross eluded everybody except Swinden who made no mistake.

Sophie Swinden slots home the opening goal 4.19 (9384252)
Sophie Swinden slots home the opening goal 4.19 (9384252)

The visitors almost doubled the lead when Chloe Stanborough saw a shot fizz just over the bar and Swinden then rattled the bar after Ketton failed to clear a corner.

The home team started the second half well but never really threatened the away defence and soon resorted back to their long ball tactics.

With around 15 minutes to go Ketton got the equaliser somewhat controversially after their striker was adjudged offside but the referee over-ruled the decision and the goal was given.

Feeling somewhat aggrieved, Wisbech swarmed forwards. Naomi Lyon forced a great save from the home goalkeeper and Stanborough hit the the inside of the post.

Swinden then hit a powerful drive that cannoned off the bar and what Wisbech felt was clearly over the line only for the referee to insist he couldn't be sure it had crossed the line.

With the clock ticking around to the 93rd minute and the game becoming very stretched, some good work from Holmes and Kaylie Swinden allowed the ball to fall to Chelsea King 30 yards out and she smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to cap off a great performance despite playing through illness.

Photos: STEVE HONE



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