VIDEO and GALLERY: A glorious scintillating afternoon as Wisbech Town’s cup runneth over in 2-1 defeat of Stanway
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GOALS from Matt Lunn and Danny White helped Wisbech Town taste Red Insure Cup glory for the second time in three years.
Cheered on by a large, vocal travelling support, the Fenmen saw off a robust challenge from Stanway Rovers, last season’s winners.
The players showed their gratitude to the supporters, who made the long journey to Diss, by inviting them onto the pitch to join in with their post-match celebrations.
In baking sunshine, Wisbech started the game strongly and Jack Friend, their promising 16-year-old forward, almost broke the deadlock, cutting inside a defender and dragging his shot narrowly wide of the far post.
The Fenmen went ahead after 16 minutes through Lunn, who was making his final appearance for the club before moving to London.
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Scott Johnson’s clearance following a session of pinball in the Wisbech box ran all the way through to Lunn, who held off Stanway’s centre backs and showed great composure to calmly slot the ball past the advancing keeper.
Stanway grew into the game and Wisbech keeper Tom Roberts was forced into a smart save down to his right from a deflected long distance effort.
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But, moments later, when Stanway were awarded a contentious free kick just outside the box, he could do nothing to stop Lewis Bentley’s effort, which sailed through the wall.
Lunn almost put the Fenmen back in front when he spun past a defender in the box but his shot, from a tight angle, just missed the top corner.
But, on the half hour mark, Danny White met Friend’s beautifully weighted cross and powered a header past the Stanway keeper to restore Wisbech’s lead.
Stanway had the last chance of the half but their striker’s glancing header drifted wide of the far post.
Wisbech made a positive start to the second half and forced three consecutive corners before Chris Bacon, also playing his last game for the club, narrowly missed the target from just inside the box.
Lunn, who was influential throughout, almost added a spectacular third, beating several defenders on a mazy run before unleashing a curling shot which left the keeper clutching at thin air but drifted just wide of the far post.
As the clock ticked down, Stanway tested Wisbech’s defenders with a series of long balls.
Roberts was alert to keep out a volley and another shot sailed just wide of the post.
Lunn had the chance to put the result beyond doubt but he was taken out by the Stanway goalkeeper, who had charged out of his box.
Bacon’s subsequent free kick drifted a yard wide of the far post.
Wisbech were subjected to an aerial barrage but the defence, excellently marshalled by captain Paul Cousins, stood firm.
The final whistle was greeted with a roar from the partisan crowd and the celebrations began.
Lunn, who was chosen as man of the match, paid tribute to his team mates.
He said: “I’ve had a fantastic three years here and the thing I’m going to miss the most is the banter in the dressing room.
“This weekend we are going to tear up Skegvegas and celebrate this win. It should be a decent send-off.”