Setchell defends Ablett over red card

PUBLISHED: 12:14 05 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:48 02 June 2010

wisbech town fc v mildenhall

wisbech town fc v mildenhall

RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION Wisbech Town 0 Mildenhall Town 4 WISBECH player-manager Gary Setchell has defended his midfielder Stuart Ablett after the player was sent off for stamping after just half and hour of Saturday s heavy defeat. The game was goalless

wisbech town fc v mildenhall

RIDGEONS PREMIER DIVISION

Wisbech Town 0 Mildenhall Town 4

WISBECH player-manager Gary Setchell has defended his midfielder Stuart Ablett after the player was sent off for stamping after just half and hour of Saturday's heavy defeat.

The game was goalless when the 22-year-old received a straight red card after his clash with Mildenhall left-back Lewis Baillie.

wisbech town fc v mildenhall

Setchell said: "The same player got me sent off in the FA Cup earlier this season when he rolled around theatrically after a challenge.

"I didn't get a good view of the incident but I asked Stuart if he had stamped on the player and he told me he didn't.

"He's an honest young lad and I believe him. Their player rolled around like he had been shot and he was soon up and playing again like normal."

The visitors broke the deadlock when James Paterson curled home a free-kick in first half stoppage time.

The Fenmen's hopes of getting anything from the match evaporated when Owen Paynter slotted home from 12 yards, seven minutes into the second half.

'Hall added two more in the last five minutes with Baillie finding the net before crossing for Tom Youngs to finish from close range.

Wisbech have now failed to win in 11 successive games and Setchell has failed to win a point since taking charge of the team in mid-November.

Setchell said: "They're a top six side and we more than matched them in the first half, but the contest was effectively over after the sending off.

"They scored twice in the last five minutes so the result was a bit harsh on us.

"We've had a hard run of games and we're not getting any lucky breaks at the moment.

"The lads need to keep working hard and I'm sure we'll pick up some points soon."

Wisbech are at home to King's Lynn Reserves tomorrow (Tuesday).


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