McManus calls for fighting spirit

PUBLISHED: 14:36 09 November 2007 | UPDATED: 20:12 01 June 2010

Stuart Cobb misses a penalty but makes amends by scoring just before half-time – Pic: Brian Purdy

Stuart Cobb misses a penalty but makes amends by scoring just before half-time - Pic: Brian Purdy

STRIKER Tom Gosling is due to make his debut for Wisbech tomorrow when the Fenmen visit mid-table Stanway Rovers. And Wisbech boss Roy McManus has called for the famous Fenmen fighting spirit when his side will look for their first league victory in six

McManus calls for fighting spirit

STRIKER Tom Gosling is due to make his debut for Wisbech tomorrow when the Fenmen visit mid-table Stanway Rovers.

And Wisbech boss Roy McManus has called for the "famous Fenmen fighting spirit" when his side will look for their first league victory in six matches.

He said: "Stanway won their last match 5-1 away at Dereham Town - who are a good side. They will be full of confidence and we're expecting a tough game."

And on Tuesday night, Wisbech travel to Swaffham Town, who sit three places above them at sixth from bottom.

McManus said: "The fans have been absolutely magnificent. Despite our troubles we're getting some of the biggest turnouts in the league.

"The lads are working really hard in training to repay them. We've just got to keep up that famous Fenmen fighting spirit and get some points on the board."

McManus was encouraged by his side's performance on Saturday when they matched Premier Division leaders Needham Market for an hour but lost 6-2.

A dubious penalty for the visitors and a Stuart Cobb penalty miss proved decisive in an even first half that ended 2-2.

Needham Market went 1-0 up after 11 minutes when a cross from the left was met with a well-taken near post header.

Wisbech skipper Lee Day equalised with a shot in the box after a corner.

The referee left the home fans fuming when an attacker won a penalty by jumping at Wisbech keeper Sam Kilby and the converted spot kick put Market 2-1 ahead.

Cobb then won a spot-kick but sent his shot wide of the left post.

But the striker made amends with a well-taken goal on the stroke of half-time.

The second half belonged to the visitors, who cut the Wisbech defence apart with attractive football and clinical finishing.

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