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Wisbech Town boss praises dogged defensive display at Kimberley Miners Welfare in UCL Premier Division North





Wisbech Town manager Alex Street was understandably happy after watching his side pick up only their second away win of the season on Saturday.

Too many times this season the Fenmen players have gone missing when the going has got tough, but that was completely the opposite at the weekend as they ground out a 1-0 victory at Kimberley Miners Welfare.

"I thought my team were excellent today," said Street after the game.

Celebrations after the opening goal. Picture: Erin Larham
Celebrations after the opening goal. Picture: Erin Larham

"We started a bit slowly but once we got to grips with the organisation and passing runners we looked solid.

"We defended excellently and I don't think my goalkeeper has had a save to make.

"I thought defensively and collectively as a unit we were outstanding and Jon Challinor scored a great goal, rolling back the years from his York City days.

"We've come under pressure away from home and realistically I'd say we've let 20 points slip this season and if we go back eight games we'd have drawn out there today."

Wisbech Town created good chances during a goalless first half on a poor pitch in the bottom-five clash.

The only goal of the game arrived after 53 minutes when John Challinor picked the ball up about 25 yards out and fired it into the back of the net for his fourth goal in ten games for Wisbech, and that’s the way it stayed.

"We probably had the best chance of the first half and Frewy (Michael Frew) probably knows that he should have scored," added Street.

"I had a word with Harley (Murkin) at half-time and he was excellent for us in the second half. He didn't complicate it and led the line well.

"My midfielders dug deep on a hard pitch and, yes, they changed it towards the end but we matched them up and a clean sheet away from home you've got to be happy with that.

"I was pleased for my defence as they take a lot of stick most weeks. They stood up and were counted and my two centre-halves were excellent the whole game.

"It was probably left-back Alfie (Wren's) best game for us today and Callum (Howe) was good for us at right-back.

"My midfielders were barking around the pitch and making a real nuisance of themselves and I love it when they do that.

"That creates good energy throughout the team and the rest of the players thrive from that."

On Saturday, Wisbech travel to Newark and Sherwood United, three points and four places above them in the table.

The Fenmen will be without Harry Twite who is away on international duty with Bermuda.

"We want to finish the season strongly as a group and with performances like that we'll be alright," said Street.

"It's about finishing as high as we can before having a regroup in the summer and looking at what we want to do and what we want to achieve."

A pre-match huddle. Picture: Erin Larham
A pre-match huddle. Picture: Erin Larham
Midfielder Ethan Wilson. Picture: Erin Larham
Midfielder Ethan Wilson. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Alfie Wren. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Alfie Wren. Picture: Erin Larham
Wisbech players celebrate Jon Challinor's brilliant strike. Picture: Erin Larham
Wisbech players celebrate Jon Challinor's brilliant strike. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Callum Howe. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Callum Howe. Picture: Erin Larham
Harry Twite defending. Picture: Erin Larham.
Harry Twite defending. Picture: Erin Larham.
Match winner Jon Challinor. Picture: Erin Larham
Match winner Jon Challinor. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Harry Twite. Picture: Erin Larham
Defender Harry Twite. Picture: Erin Larham
Goalkeeper Dan George. Picture: Erin Larham
Goalkeeper Dan George. Picture: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town: George, Howe, Wren, Twite, Mattless, O. Williams, Ward, Wilson, Frew, Challinor (Roberts 73 mins), Murkin (A. Williams 90). Subs (not used): Kacirek, Briggs.

Attendance: 172.



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