Manager quotes: Wisbech FC boss Brett Whaley on first Northern Premier League South East win since Boxing Day at Lincoln United
The Fenmen came from behind in the first half, when they had the wind against them, to pick up their first Northern Premier League South East Division win since Boxing Day, 2-1 at Lincoln United on Saturday (Feb 22).
Wisbech were 1-0 down at half time away at fellow strugglers Lincoln United after conceding a fourth minute Johnathan Williams penalty for handball.
But with the wind behind them after the break, they equalised through new signing Jordan Macleod after 58 minutes and won the game 2-1 with an 82nd Layton Maddison goal.
This give the Fenmen only their fourth BetVictor NPL win of the season; their first in eight games; and the first away from home since October 1, 2019.
The Fenmen are now off bottom spot and out of the BetVictor south east division relegation area.
Wisbech manager Brett Whaley, who registered his first win since recently stepping into his second spell in the Fenland Stadium hot-seat, said: “It was a huge game.
"At 1-0 down with sides around us picking up points it was important we stepped up.
“We don’t worry about the sides around us but you do feel the pressure.”
On the early goal conceded – a penalty for handball – Whaley added: “Jack Keeble challenged for the ball, fell over and put his hand on the ball. It was a penalty.
“But in the second half we played very well. The wind was blowing down the pitch and it was very difficult in the first half. We had to defend a lot. They played to the wind quite well but we went in only one behind.
“In the second half we played the wind very well. We didn’t go too long, we just tried to get the ball into the forwards and let them cause problems. Over the 90 minutes we played well.
“It was a bit of a weight-lifter because we didn’t play great in the first half but the conditions weren’t in our favour and the lads were so low in confidence. We’re relying on them believing in what we’re trying to do and achieve and have the confidence to do that.
“That’s tough because when you’re not winning game you don’t really want the ball or do the things you’re told, or receive under pressure – you just want to get-rid. I thought we were excellent.
“I’m really pleased because confidence is huge in football, and hopefully that’ll give us some.”
On Macleod, who made an immediate impact after signing before the weekend, he said: "He's scored goals wherever he's been including Step 3, while players like Tiago (Nassanculo) we got on the ball in the right areas in the second half."
He said of the enforced break due to the poor weather and the club’s stand blowing down: “It’s allowed us to train. You can do a lot of training and obviously conditions mean that will be on 3G pitches.
“You can talk a lot and do the theory behind it but you need to go on a pitch and win matches. We hoped to get a friendly during that period of time, but we hadn’t. We were a little bit short of match sharpness today. It’s been a benefit in some ways, but you want to get on a pitch.”
He said of the Fenmen’s next game at home to Cleethorpes Town on Saturday: “It’s a very difficult game next week but we go into it with three points.”