Gallery: Wisbech lose in final
PUBLISHED: 13:12 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 02 June 2010
By TOM JACKSON WISBECH United s chances of its first piece of silverware were dashed after a controversial refereeing decision saw their opponents score while their player lay injured on the pitch. But the team refused to let defeat in the North-West Nor
By TOM JACKSON
WISBECH United's chances of its first piece of silverware were dashed after a controversial refereeing decision saw their opponents score while their player lay injured on the pitch.
But the team refused to let defeat in the North-West Norfolk League Division Three Cup Final dampen a superb season, in which they have secured a second successive promotion.
Wisbech went down 3-2 against Old Hunstanton after extra time. However, Old Hunstanton's third goal came from a throw-in which was taken despite Wisbech striker David Saunders going down with cramp after the previous spell of play.
A brawl involving most of the 22 players followed the goal.
Wisbech manager David Norris said: "It ruined what was a brilliant game of football."
His son, and team captain Mark Norris, said: "It is at the referee's discretion and the other team's discretion as to whether the game is stopped. This time, Old Hunstanton carried on playing and they scored."
It was cruel on Wisbech, who lost Mark Norris in the warm-up to injury and saw Marcus de Oliveira and John Feltell play through injuries.
The game, held at Wells Town FC, saw Wisbech take the lead on 37 minutes when striker Dayne Moore rose unmarked to head in a Carl Jackson corner from eight yards. It was the striker's 44th goal of the season.
Old Hunstanton equalised three minutes later when an attempted clearance hit an Old Hunstanton player on the back of the head and went in.
Both sides battled in the second half until Old Hunstanton took the lead on 85 minutes; a counter attack from a Wisbech corner saw a shot from the edge of the penalty box beat keeper Darren Milligan.
But Wisbech battled back and, two minutes later, a hopeful ball into the Old Hunstanton penalty box landed at the feet of winger Stuart Robinson, who tapped in from six yards.
Wisbech started tiring in the first half of extra time before Milligan gave away a penalty.
The keeper made amends by tipping the spot kick over the bar and the resultant corner was cleared, but Old Hunstanton struck in the second half.
Saunders received a bizarre booking for dissent. The player wore black shorts under his red shorts, ignoring the referee's warning about such conduct before the match.
Wayne Ablett was carried off with an ankle injury.
Mark Norris said: "The lads played out of their skin, but if we had a full-strength team I think we could have finished them off."
Wisbech United - formerly FC Walpole - was formed three years ago and secured promotion to Division Three last season. They have their sights set on another promotion next season, and entering the Anglian Combination League within the next three years.
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