VIDEO NEWS: Jimson clincher gets Creasey off hook
WISBECH Town manager Dick Creasey admitted blundering with his team selection for Saturday s home match against CRC. He owned up to letting his heart rule his head and making a mistake – but the Fenmen still showed character to win 3-2 in a nailbitin
WISBECH Town manager Dick Creasey admitted blundering with his team selection for Saturday's home match against CRC.
He owned up to "letting his heart rule his head" and "making a mistake" - but the Fenmen still showed character to win 3-2 in a nailbiting finale.
CRC led 2-1 with only five minutes remaining of the Ridgeons Premier match, but in-form striker Liam Nimmo levelled the scores before Darren Jimson grabbed a dramatic injury-time winner.
Wisbech's recovery will have been a relief for the home fans but Creasey admitted his team selection had been wrong.
He said: "I stuck with the same side that beat Histon Reserves on New Year's Day and left Danny Hussey and Matt Oswin on the bench.
"I don't normally do that and I like to play my best 11 in all the games, but I let my heart rule my head."
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"I was kicking myself for making a mistake and I had to make changes."
Nimmo continued his fine scoring form with the game's opener after just eight minutes but, by the sixth minute of the second half, the visitors had turned the game around to lead 2-1. But the introduction of Hussey and Oswin made an impact and the Fenmen hit back with Nimmo's second and Jimson's late header from a corner.
Creasey said: "I took Lewis Cook off at half-time but he was certainly not the worst player on the pitch. I just felt that we needed to win more headers in defence and we needed Matt to improve our passing in midfield.
"I thought that the result was credit to the lads.
"We didn't play that well but Liam continued his rich vein of form with two more crucial goals.
"If that game had been six weeks ago then I think we would have lost it, but the team showed great character to come back like that."
The home fans in Fenland Park's crowd of 203 may well have expected a better performance against the side second bottom from the league but Creasey was quick to defend his team.
He said: "CRC are a good side. I spoke to Trevor Munns at Mildenhall Town before the match and he told me that they should not be underestimated.
"I know what our supporters are like but CRC knocked the ball around really well and we had to fight to get the result."
The result lifts Wisbech to 10th place in the league ahead of the trip to seventh-placed Leiston tomorrow (Saturday).
With Creasey aiming for a top-six finish this season, the postponement of Tuesday's Cambs Invitation Cup first-round match against Mildenhall Town, thanks to the saturated Fenland Park pitch, was welcomed by the Wisbech boss.
He said: "We probably would have had several players missing for the game and so it gives the lads a chance to recover before another tough league game.