GALLERY: Wisbech Town Reserves progress in PFA Senior Cup with Ketton win

A mud drenched Wisbech Town Reserves player drives forward with the ball. Picture: Steve Williams.

A mud drenched Wisbech Town Reserves player drives forward with the ball. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Ten-man Wisbech Town Reserves continued their resurgence with a 2-1 win over Ketton in the PFA Senior Cup at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

Eighteen year old striker Jacob Smith and Andre Da Silva bagged the goals before Da Silva was given his marching orders, but the Fenmen held on to secure their progress to the quarter finals.

After a shaky start to the campaign, Wisbech’s second string side, which was formed this season, is going from strength to strength - they are unbeaten in five and have lost just one in eight.

Manager Danny Hughes said: “We are a young side and things are starting to bare fruit. We’ve lost just one in the last eight and that is down to hard work and self belief - things are starting to come together.

“We have added some more experienced players to what is a very young squad, which has helped.”

Hughes says the reserves are an ideal place for the club’s gifted young prospects to learn the game before making the step up to the first team.

Youngster Jacob Smith scored twice in a week for the first team earlier this season, while 17 year old Oliver Williams is another one to watch.

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Hughes said: “I’ve worked with Jacob since he was 14. As long as he keeps listening and putting in the hard work he’ll go a long way.

“Having a reserves side makes a difference because it means the first team can rest a few players and give the youngsters a chance.”

Wisbech’s early season troubles means they find themselves 13th out of 16 teams in Peterborough and District League Division One.

Next up is a crucial tussle with basement side Langtoft United Reserves on Saturday.

Hughes said: “Our next four games are all winnable. Other than Ryhall, they are against teams around us.

“Our aim is to finish as high up the league as we can. As soon as the wins started coming the belief has been in the side - a top six finish is not out of our reach.”

The first team’s game at Northampton Sileby Rangers on Saturday was called off due to a waterlogged pitch. They travel to Wellingborough in the United Counties League on Saturday, 2pm kick off.