Wisbech Town battle strong in defeat on Fenmen favourite's return

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Stamford goalkeeper Danny Haystead punches clear to thwart a Wisbech attack. - Credit: Peter Tyers

Dick Creasey failed to cap his Wisbech Town homecoming in the best possible way, but his team certainly defied expectations.

A Jonathan Margetts 78th-minute header ensured visitors Stamford would steal all three points in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands on Saturday.

That defeat was Creasey’s first game since returning as Wisbech caretaker boss on February 4 following the departures of joint-bosses Arran Duke and Mark Warren.

But despite having limited time to meet the squad before kick-off, the Fenmen favourite was pleased with their performance.

“They worked their socks off and I don’t think anyone can deny we should have got something out of the game,” said Creasey.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Toby Allen jumps for the ball for Wisbech vs Stamford. - Credit: Peter Tyers

“I didn’t meet the players until 1.30pm Saturday, and to be honest, I didn’t know what a lot of them looked like.

“We probably had the better clear cut chances, but you need that bit of something special to put these chances away.”

Wisbech battled competently against a Stamford side chasing promotion, and were at times unlucky not to score.

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Toby Allen went closest to scoring after forcing goalkeeper Danny Haystead into a strong save, before Stamford struck from a long throw-in.

Aaron Hart was then dismissed for a late foul, but a pleasing display left Creasey wondering why the team is battling for survival at step four.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Aaron Hart was sent off for Wisbech Town after a late second half challenge. - Credit: Erin Larham

“I said to the boys 'what disappoints me is on this performance, how are we in this mess?'” he said.

“It’s going to be a fight, but I think we’ve got the boys who are prepared for that.”

Creasey took charge of Wisbech’s 2-0 defeat at Spalding United, managed by ex-Fenmen boss Brett Whaley, on Tuesday night.

But although he plans not to take charge until the end of the season, he hopes the club can find a long-term solution.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Dick Creasey (pictured) was pleased with what he saw on his return to the Wisbech Town dugout vs Stamford. - Credit: Erin Larham

“I think it would be a disaster if Wisbech went down to step five,” Creasey added.

“Wisbech is in my heart, but long-term, I’m not the answer.

“The club have got to work quickly to try and get somebody in who can get performances like versus Stamford week in, week out and get the points to stay in the league.”

Wisbech visit Sporting Khalsa on February 12, 3pm.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Enoch Opayinka of Wisbech Town tests a Stamford defender. - Credit: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Wisbech captain Luke Wilson and Sam Murphy surround the referee in their defeat to Stamford. - Credit: Erin Larham

*Wisbech St Mary, who were without a fixture this weekend, visit UEA in Eastern Counties League First Division North next Saturday, 3pm.

FC Parson Drove earned a 2-1 win at Whittlesey Athletic in the same division.

Drove return to action at Needham Market Reserves on February 19.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Layton Maddison impressed for Wisbech in defeat to Stamford. - Credit: Peter Tyers

Wisbech Town: Luke Pearson; Aaron Hart, Tom Mcleish, Jack Keeble, Luke Wilson (C), Sam Murphy, Danny Draper, Layton Maddison, Enoch Opayinka (sub Joe Gascoigne, 83’), Toby Allen (sub Avelino Vieira, 63’), Tyler Knowles (sub Brody Warren, 72’).

Unused sub: Theo Lukyamuzi.

Cautions: Wisbech Town - none.

Sent off: Wisbech Town - Hart (foul).

Man of the match: Layton Maddison.

Referee: Mr Alistair Wilson.

Attendance: 207.

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Danny Draper in possession for Wisbech Town vs Stamford. - Credit: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Wisbech defend a Stamford free-kick. - Credit: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Enoch Opayinka looks to start a Wisbech attack vs Stamford. - Credit: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Tyler Knowles featured for Wisbech vs Stamford. - Credit: Erin Larham

Wisbech Town vs Stamford FEB 2022

Wisbech try to defend a Stamford shot on goal. - Credit: Peter Tyers