Drama on and off the pitch

PUBLISHED: 12:09 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:12 28 May 2010

WINNING COMBINATION: Liam Nimmo and Andy Lodge 
combined to score Wisbech Town’s winner against Soham on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Williams

WINNING COMBINATION: Liam Nimmo and Andy Lodge combined to score Wisbech Town's winner against Soham on Tuesday. Picture: Steve Williams

IT HAS been a dramatic week for Wisbech Town, both on and off the pitch. The announcement that contracts have been exchanged on a new ground on Lynn Road, Wisbech, coincided with the appointment of John Petch as chairman. And on the pitch, manager Dick Cr

IT HAS been a dramatic week for Wisbech Town, both on and off the pitch.

The announcement that contracts have been exchanged on a new ground on Lynn Road, Wisbech, coincided with the appointment of John Petch as chairman.

And on the pitch, manager Dick Creasey has been left a little disappointed with this week's Ridgeons Premier results, despite the Fenmen's gutsy comeback on Tuesday evening at Soham Town Rangers.

Creasey's target of six points from the Soham game and Saturday's trip to Stanway Rovers was dashed by a poor second-half performance against Rovers, which saw the Fenmen squander a two-goal lead.

Liam Harrold scored twice to put Wisbech on track for a win at half-time on Saturday, but the home team came back to level the scores and steal a point.

The tables were turned on Tuesday when the Fenmen were somewhat unfortunate to find themselves 2-0 down after half an hour but came back to take all three points against Soham.

A contentious penalty, scored by former Wisbech striker Andy Furnell, broke the deadlock before the home side scrambled another controversial goal.

However, the impressive Darren Jimson put Wisbech back in the game before the break, and his free-kick levelled the scores on the hour mark.

The momentum was with the visitors and they picked up a deserved winner 10 minutes from time when Liam Nimmo converted Andy Lodge's cross.

Creasey said: "We should have had six points from the two games but, as it turned out, we came close to getting none."

He added: "We were comfortable in the first half on Saturday and everything looked good but the lads didn't come out for the second half and we were terrible.

"I had strong words to say to the players after the game and it was important that we showed a massive improvement against Soham."

And Creasey welcomed the improved performance and result. He said: "How the referee could give the two Soham goals is beyond me.

"The penalty should have been a free kick to us and the ball struck a Soham player's hand before they scored the second goal."

He added: "But we were working harder and the lads dug in and battled to win the game. By the end of the match they were all out on their feet."

But Creasey knows that his team must improve to move up the league. He said: "We have to be more consistent with our performances but to be fair, injuries and suspensions have made it difficult for us to field a settled side."

Nevertheless, the Soham result is a confidence booster ahead of the FA Cup clash at Bury Town tomorrow (Saturday) - a match that Creasey recognises as a very tough one.

He said: "Bury are a very good side and we will have to be at our best to get a result but we are having to field a depleted team again."

Chris Dear picked up a foot injury against Soham and Darren Jimson has a niggling groin injury but Creasey hopes both will be fit for tomorrow. Dane Harper is cup-tied and Mark Jimson is struggling to get fit but Lee Hudson successfully completed 90 minutes against Soham.

n A coach will be leaving Fenland Park at 11.45am tomorrow (Saturday) for fans wishing to travel to Bury Town.

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