Pre-season friendly: Chatteris Town 0 - 5 Wisbech Town

Steve Appleby .Picture: Steve Williams.

Steve Appleby .Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

WISBECH sprung into life with four goals in the second half to beat a battling Chatteris side 5-0 in their latest pre-season friendly.

Steve Harley gave them the perfect start after two minutes but they had to wait until the beginning of the second half to add to their lead.

Promising young forward Tom James scored twice, Neal Spafford finished from close range and the impressive Callum Reed dispatched a penalty.

When Harley broke the deadline it looked like Chatteris could be in for a long night.

He latched on to a beautifully weighted throughball from James and reacted quickest after the Chatteris goalkeeper saved his initial effort to tuck home the rebound.

But the Fenmen struggled to find their passing rhythm and created few clear cut chances for the rest of the half.

With boss Steve Appleby’s teamtalk ringing in their ears, they were transformed in the second half.

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Spafford almost immediately put them two goals ahead.

Callum Reed’s corner was flicked on by Danny White and made its way through to James, who had time to pick out Spafford with a measured pullback.

Spafford showed composure to stroke the ball home.

With 50 minutes on the board James grabbed Wisbech’s third goal.

Reed’s long diagonal ball was headed into the air and James, from the right edge of the penalty area, showed excellent technique to volley the dipping ball sweetly into the bottom right hand corner.

On 63 minutes, Jack Friend, who looked lively after coming on as a substitute, was hacked down with the goal at his mercy, giving the referee no choice but to award the penalty.

Reed stepped up and sent the goalkepper the wrong way.

Wisbech began to put together nice passages of play but were unable to find the net until, with almost the last kick of the game, James produced a moment of class to score the fifth.

He picked up the ball on the right side of the box and embarked on a mazy run, skipping past several defenders, before drilling the ball home from a tight angle.