Five-star performance christens new Wisbech ground

WISBECH Town began life at their new stadium with a thumping 5-0 win in the F.A Cup.

WISBECH Town began life at their new stadium with a thumping 5-0 win in the F.A Cup.

A bumper crowd of more than 600 witnessed history as the side thrashed St Andrews in the club’s first game at the Tom Wood’s Beer Fenland Stadium. Supporters arrived early and packed the new clubhouse at the �350,000 ground on Lynn Road.

Even torrential rain failed to dampen spirits as the Fenmen successfully entered a new era in their 90-year history.

Spencer Larham, the club’s website and programme editor, said: “I think for the level of football we play at it’s far better than most grounds we go to.

“It’s not Fenland Park where we could get 3,000 to 4,000 people turning up but it’s brilliant. There’s nothing stopping the club from progressing.”

One fan, Tony Norman, even travelled over from Australia to be at the game.

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Mr Norman said: “I think the stadium is magnificent.

“I came over especially for this game and to see family. It’s a massive day for the club and with it being the F.A Cup I felt like I had to be here.”

Fans of all ages were left ecstatic as Wisbech continued their undefeated start to the campaign and progressed to the Preliminary Road of the competition.

The home side took the lead in the 11th minute although confusion reigned over who grabbed the first ever goal at the new ground. Scott Carter was announced as the scorer although Tommy Treacher was mobbed by his team-mates after seemingly deflecting Carter’s strike into the net.

Tom Williams became the first player to be sent-off at the stadium after a reckless lunge earned him a second booking leaving St Andrews down to ten men for the remaining three-quarters of the match.

It wasn’t until the final stages that Wisbech made their one-man advantage count. Late braces from sub Darren Jimson and Craig Parker topped off a fantastic day for the Fenmen faithful.

A full match report can soon be found on this website’s sports section.