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Wisbech Town FC on FA Cup revenge mission

Wisbech at home to Kirkley on Saturday. Town's Scott Johnson scores the only goal of the first half. ENGANL00220111017030421
Wisbech at home to Kirkley on Saturday. Town's Scott Johnson scores the only goal of the first half. ENGANL00220111017030421

A home tie against Step Three side Stourbridge will be the reward if Wisbech Town can overcome Peterborough Sports in their FA Cup Preliminary clash on Saturday.

The Glassboys ply their trade in the Northern Premier League and would provide the Fenmen with tough proposition should they defeat their United Counties Premier League rivals at the weekend.

Last Tuesday, Wisbech suffered a flattering 3-0 loss to Sports and manager Dick Creasey feels his side owe them one going into the home cup meeting.

Creasey, whose side were due to host Deeping Rangers at the Elgood’s Stadium last night, said: “Although it was three goalkeeping mistakes which cost us, the strength of Peterborough Sports is there for all to see.

“We do owe them one. Often in football, when teams play each other in close proximity, results don’t always go the way people expect them too.

“The players owe the supporters, directors and the management team a performance after the last couple of displays.

“I’m not sure it would be an upset if we were to go on to beat them but it would certainly be against the form book.

“It’s a big game and having £1,950 up for grabs is a lot of money for a Step Five club like ourselves.

“A 3-0 defeat against Sports last time sounds like a beating but it wasn’t like that. We made three horrible mistakes and nobody can hide away from that.

“I thought we started the game well, were dominant and were unlucky not to score.

“We gave them a soft goal, regrouped at the interval and did well in the first 15 minutes of the second half but then we gave them another one.”

There wasn’t quite so much encouragement from Saturday’s 1-0 reverse against Leicester Nirvana.

After costing his side last Tuesday, goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace redeemed himself with a string of fine stops against Nirvana.

But after the Fenmen’s second league defeat in the space of a few days, coach Glen Maddison said: “We need to start to get some points on the board, sooner rather than later.

“The first half to be truthful was just awful and we weren’t at the races. Our substitutes did have an impact on the game, but we weren’t firing on all cylinders.

“Our performance over the 90 minutes wasn’t good enough against an average Nirvana side.”

Both Sam Murphy and Scott Johnson were due to return from their suspensions last night, with Maddison saying: “The truth of the matter is that some of the boys haven’t done enough and we need to look at the pair of them.

“There’s two players available so others can’t complain if they have to make way.”

The Cambridgeshire FA Invitation Cup 2015/16 Final between Cambridge City and Wisbech Town will be held on Wednesday. The final, sponsored by Ridgeons, will take place atNewmarket Town FC, with a 7.45pm kick-off.

Cambridgeshire FA have confirmed that proceeds from the match will go towards supporting county football players Shaun Whiter and Joey Abbs, who were involved in a terrible road accident recently.

Ticket prices will be £5 for adults and £3 for juniors.

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