Wisbech Town 3 – 4 Sleaford Town

Tony Battersby.

Tony Battersby. - Credit: Archant

Ten-man Wisbech Town came out on the wrong side of a seven goal thriller against Sleaford Town in the United Counties League last night.

The Fenmen started slowly and fell behind in the sixth minute.

Tom Siddons found himself in acres of space in the Wisbech box and drilled the ball low past Lea Jordan.

Wisbech levelled one minute later through new signing Callum Stocks.

The young winger received the ball on the left wing and ran at Terry Fleming before cutting inside and firing low past the keeper into the far corner.

Wisbech took the lead on 18 minutes through veteran striker Tony Battersby, who ran on to Neal Spafford’s diagonal 40 yard cross and powered a header low past Phil McGann.

But two minutes later Sleaford were gifted an equaliser. A misplaced pass across the box found a grateful Siddons who slotted past Jordan from 12 yards out.

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Wisbech started the second half strongly and should have gone ahead but James Tricks, on as a substitute for the injured Tom James, could only hit the post from six yards out.

But Tricks made no mistake on 55 minutes, slotting home from close range after being picked out by Battersby from the left side of the box.

Wisbech were once again pegged back on 71 minutes.

Jordan saved Siddons’ initial shot from the edge of the box but captain Scott Coupland reacted quickest to put away the rebound.

The hosts pushed for a winner but it was Gavin Gordon who got the decisive goal on 81 minutes, sliding in to deflect Ryan Parnell’s left wing cross past Jordan.

Things went from bad to worse for Wisbech when two minutes later Battersby was given a second yellow card after being adjudged to have dived in the box.

Jordan kept Wisbech in the game with a point blank save from Siddons before joint manager Paul Cousins brought himself on as an emergency striker, but the Fenmen could not salvage a point.

Teams: Wisbech: Jordan, Spafford, Johnson (Cousins), Fairweather, Stocks (Clayton), Reid, Reed, Doherty, Battersby, White, James (Tricks)

Sleaford Town: McGann, Fleming, Murrell, Firman, Weston, Cobb, Parnell, Cobb, Parnell, Jackson, Gordon, Coupland, Siddons.