Striker Bacon backs Wisbech Town to fire without him in crucial FA Vase clash

Chris Bacon twice drew the Fenmen level.

Chris Bacon twice drew the Fenmen level. - Credit: Archant

STRIKER Chris Bacon is backing Wisbech Town to fire without him tomorrow as the Fenmen bid to book their place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

The frontman has been a hit at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium, scoring 48 goals for the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division title-challengers in little more than a season-and-a-half.

But he is suspended for tomorrow’s fourth-round trip to Gornal Athletic after being sent off for retaliation against Godmanchester Rovers on Boxing Day.

“I’m completely choked,” said Bacon. “But that’s part and parcel of what happens when you start making silly mistakes on a football pitch. It was a moment of madness from me.

“I’m 29 but I’m still learning. You never stop learning as I can see the result of my actions - I’m going to miss this vital game.

“I’ve just got to take it on the chin and go and support the boys from the sidelines.”

Bacon backed top-scorer Dubi Ogbonna and winger Deakan Napier, who could be employed up front, to fire the Fenmen into the next round.

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“From a selfish point of view I’m upset that I’m missing the game,” he said. “But from a team point of view I’ve got every confidence in the boys.

“I’ve got so much belief in the lads and Apps (Steve Appleby) is doing a great job.”