Car trouble but Fenmen are doing just nine!
PUBLISHED: 12:49 02 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010
WISBECH Town s unpredictable and eventful season has led manager Dick Creasey to joke that the players are doing their best to give me a heart attack . With one car-load of four players delayed in getting to Saturday s Ridgeons Premier match at Needham M
WISBECH Town's unpredictable and eventful season has led manager Dick Creasey to joke that "the players are doing their best to give me a heart attack".
With one car-load of four players delayed in getting to Saturday's Ridgeons Premier match at Needham Market, Creasey was forced to start the game with just nine players ... but his side still went on to win 3-2.
The home side agreed to delay the kick-off for 15 minutes but Wisbech were not back to full strength until five minutes into the game.
But, fittingly, it was Darren Jimson, on his 200th start for the Fenmen, who opened the scoring after 33 minutes.
The visitors made it 2-0 just three minutes later when Stuart Cobb unleashed a long-range effort and by half-time, Wisbech could have been four-up had Liam Nimmo taken two good chances.
The Fenmen fans were singing when Luke Kennedy made it 3-0 on the hour but they were made to suffer when Needham Market scored twice in the final 15 minutes to set up a tense finish.
Creasey said: "I am grateful to Needham Market for delaying kick-off.
"We had to weather the storm early on but we played well and it is very good result."
With Wisbech now in the top eight of the league, Creasey is looking to the future.
He said: "I have told the lads to put in some consistent performances and aim for as high a finish as possible.
"We have to start looking forward to next season. I think that we are potentially a championship-winning side and there are only one or two areas where we need to improve to win the league."
He added: "The new ground should give us the basis on which to really move forward as a club."
And the Wisbech boss has been boosted by news that midfielder Wayne Morris could feature before the end of the season.
Creasey said: "I feared for Wayne's future with the club and he will need an operation on a back problem during the summer.
"But he has been told that he can play before then if he has a course of injections."
He added: "Mark Jimson could also get on to the pitch before the end of the season.
"He has spent a lot of money on getting a hernia operation so that he can play football so we are looking at organising a game or other event to raise money to help him."
Tomorrow (Saturday), Wisbech entertain Stanway Rovers. Andy Lodge's fitness will be assessed before kick-off and Stuart Cobb is available for selection.
- WISBECH will travel to holders Soham Town Rangers in the Cambs Invitation Cup semi-final.
The match will be played on Tuesday, February 27.
Soham beat Over Sports 2-1 at home this week.
The other semi-final will see Histon entertain Cambridge City.