Fenmen boss has last laugh

PUBLISHED: 17:21 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010

WISBECH boss Roy McManus took a great deal of personal satisfaction from wrecking Wroxham s title bid after a fiery bust-up with their manager. Saturday s 1-1 draw leaves the Yachtsmen 10 points adrift of leaders Soham with two games in hand. The match

WISBECH boss Roy McManus took a great deal of personal satisfaction from wrecking Wroxham's title bid after a fiery bust-up with their manager.

Saturday's 1-1 draw leaves the Yachtsmen 10 points adrift of leaders Soham with two games in hand.

The match was stopped for about 10 minutes when a heated verbal exchange between McManus and Wroxham boss Damian Hilton broke out midway through the first half and officials had to separate the two managers.

McManus said: "Our full-back Lewis Cook went to take a throw-in and the Wroxham player just stood on the line and wouldn't let him take it. He's supposed to stand two yards away. Lewis just ran straight at him and took the throw and, unsurprisingly he caught the Wroxham player in the face with his hand.

"Their manager started hurling abuse at Lewis so I stepped in and told him, 'what is he supposed to do.'

"Hilton was then abusive towards myself and the referee and I thought he was going to get sent off. I told him he's a disgrace because he can't even show respect to the officials.

"Wroxham play some lovely football but they've had problems with discipline all season and they've got a reputation for being a horrible bunch.

"I made sure that none of my bench went over to shake their hands after the match.

"The four points we've taken off them this season have probably cost them the title and that gives me a great deal of pleasure when they act like that."

The match also ended in ugly scenes when a Wroxham player took a swing at Wisbech striker Billy Smith immediately after the final whistle.

Several of the visiting players and supporters had been upset at what they saw as Smith's time-wasting tactics when he prevented a Wroxham player from taking a free-kick by standing over the ball in injury time.

McManus said: "I rushed on to the pitch and pulled Billy away because I saw he was going to retaliate and I didn't want him to get in trouble. He thanked me for that the next day.


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