Horton form is keeping up their spirits

PUBLISHED: 12:22 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

FEELING THE PAIN: Paul Cousins breaks down after a heavy challenge on Saturday. Picture: BRIAN PURDY

FEELING THE PAIN: Paul Cousins breaks down after a heavy challenge on Saturday. Picture: BRIAN PURDY

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Wisbech Town 0 Dereham Town 1 THE performance of young goalkeeper Chris Horton will have raised Wisbech boss Roy McManus s spirits when his side ended 2007 in defeat on Saturday. Horton, in for Sam Kilby, recovering from

BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Action from Wisbech’s 1-0 defeat to Dereham. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

RIDGEONS LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Wisbech Town 0

Dereham Town 1

BAD DAY AT THE OFFICE: Action from Wisbech’s 1-0 defeat to Dereham. Pictures: BRIAN PURDY

THE performance of young goalkeeper Chris Horton will have raised Wisbech boss Roy McManus's spirits when his side ended 2007 in defeat on Saturday.

Horton, in for Sam Kilby, recovering from a back injury, was outstanding in Saturday's defeat, making several fine saves, but had no chance of denying Dereham their 71st-minute winner.

Former Wisbech man Robbie Harris lashed in a low cross from the left and Sam Willis scrambled the ball home from close range.

Wisbech's best chances came in the second half with Wayne Morton denied from 10 yards when one-on-one and Grant Rider, Billy Smith, Stuart Cobb and James McManus all going close.

Manager McManus has signed Lee Brooks from March Town United as a backup goalkeeper.

He said: "Chris Horton has been tremendous, done just about everything I've asked of him, and had an excellent game for us on Saturday. But I don't know how long Sam Kilby will be unavailable for so can't afford to take any risks."

Wisbech are away to eighth-placed Kirkley and Pakefield, who beat last season's champions Wroxham 2-0 on New Year's Day, in a league match tomorrow.

They then play Newmarket Town at home in the Cambs Invitation Cup on Tuesday night.

McManus said: "The league is obviously a priority but we are taking the Cambs Invitation Cup very seriously. We have a chance to have a very good run in this competition and I hope we can bring some joy to our loyal fans.

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