Wisbech Town walking footballers keep pressure on leaders Boston Utd by beating Netherton and Stamford
After a mixed previous bag of results, Wisbech Town Walking Football Club went into PDFL Matchday 4 knowing nothing but two wins would be good enough to keep the pressure on current leaders Boston United.
First up for Wisbech Town were an improving Netherton side who Wisbech beat 13-1 on the opening day of the season. It was soon evident that this was going to be a game where the referee was to have a major influence.
Both sides were repeatedly being penalised for running which stopped any team keeping possession.
Wisbech managed to adapt better and took the lead from a well taken Ben Baylis goal ably assisted by Steve Wyness who spent two minutes in the sin bin. Before half time the Netherton goalkeeper decided to chase a ball out of her area and Wayne Beasant calmly converted the penalty to give Wisbech a 2-0 half time lead.
After 30 seconds of the second half Steve was back on and to good effect as he decided to stop walking with the ball and shoot on sight which led to his first goal of the day and Wisbech cruised into a 3-0 lead. More decisions against Wyness saw him substituted for John Knight to stop him receiving anymore disciplinary action. Ben Baylis doubled his tally for the day and Wisbech went 4-0 up, Chris Bunning made his debut when coming on for Wayne Beasant and did a good job and Brian Warner replaced Paul Murray as Wisbech saw out the rest of the game .
Next up for Wisbech was a tough encounter against Stamford Reds who along with Wisbech and Boston are much fancied to lift the inaugural trophy, and it was discovered that the same referee from the Netherton game was to take charge.
Wisbech switched to netball tactics and Wayne Beasant put Wisbech in front with a stunning strike after a great lay off by Wyness.
Wyness turned provider again as he laid the ball off for Beasant who stuck a sweet shot in from the far right not dissimilar from his first and Wisbech took a valuable 2-0 lead. Stamford were to get a goal back before the break to make the half time score 2-1 to the Fenmen.
Wyness added a third for Wisbech with a shot which flew into the top corner early on in the second half. Stamford managed to battle back to 3-3 and then Wyness received his second sin bin of the day and frustrations with the referee were beginning to boil over, which resulted in Wisbech Town manager Jonny Pearce receiving a yellow card.
During the sin bin period Wisbech tightened up at the back and it was from a loose Stamford ball that Ben Baylis was able to score what was to be the winning goal as Wisbech retook the lead 4-3 and they managed to see the game out to get six points from the day and gain an important win against Stamford Reds.
Wisbech Town manager, Jonny Pearce, after the game said: “It was a really weird day.
"You want to turn up to these days and enjoy playing but unfortunately the referee didn’t allow us to enjoy either of the games.
"Luckily for us one of our training routines is playing to netball rules where you can’t move with the ball so I told the lads to play netball football and I think that helped. I really feel for both our opponents as that wasn’t proper walking football.
"As a viewing spectacle it was ruined by a referee who could not tell the difference between walking and running.
"On the playing side there were bits that we need to go away and work on, but I asked the lads to come away with six points and to do that we needed to be more clinical in front of goal than in previous weeks, and they delivered that
"So I am happy with how the lads adapted to the situation and happy with the points: it keeps us in the hunt.”
Results: WTWFC 4 Netherton 0 (Baylis 2, Wyness, W Beasant); WTWFC 4 Stamford Reds 3 (W Beasant 2, Wyness, Baylis).
Squad: Martin Beasant, Ben Baylis, Wayne Beasant (c), Paul Murray, Steve Wyness, Chris Bunning, John Knight, Brian Warner.