Smith fires Fenmen
PUBLISHED: 11:36 08 February 2008 | UPDATED: 08:20 02 June 2010
RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Newmarket Town 2 Wisbech Town 4 FOUR super goals ensured Wisbech gained sweet revenge and vital points towards securing Premier Division survival. The Fenmen suffered a humiliating 5-0 Cambs Invitation Cup defeat to the ro
Newmarket Town 2
Wisbech Town 4
FOUR super goals ensured Wisbech gained sweet revenge and vital points towards securing Premier Division survival.
The Fenmen suffered a humiliating 5-0 Cambs Invitation Cup defeat to the rock-bottom Jockeys at Fenland Park on January 8.
But on Saturday they were inspired by the form of speedy attacker Billy Smith, who was involved in three of Wisbech's four goals.
It was the first time Wisbech have scored four goals this season.
Town manager Roy McManus now believes they need just seven points from their last 12 league games to guarantee survival.
He said: "It was a first-class performance all round, both in terms of quality and effort.
"It's been hard work but we're edging towards a respectable mid-table position.
"We still have work to do and I expect us to drop at least a couple of places because we've played more games than everyone below us.
"But recent history has shown that 42 points guarantees survival and that's the target I've been working towards."
Smith opened the scoring after 10 minutes of Saturday's match.
He struck an audacious angled volley from a wide right position that squeezed in under the crossbar.
Wisbech doubled their lead 10 minutes before the interval when Smith stormed down the left wing and crossed to the far post for midfielder Stuart Ablett to head home from close range.
The hosts came out fired up in the second half and pulled one back five minutes after the re-start.
Visiting goalkeeper Chris Horton misjudged a swinging cross and Newmarket's Andy Eady sneaked in at the far post to knock the ball in.
Wisbech then lost striker Darren Edey to a calf injury but his replacement, 20-year-old recent signing Tom Benjamin, impressed for 35 minutes.
Benjamin almost scored with a lob moments after coming on but his effort landed just wide of the post.
James McManus then linked superbly with Smith to put Wisbech 3-1 up in the 65th minute.
Smith wove between two players before hitting a superb pass to pick out McManus's run through the centre, and the midfielder slotted home with the outside of his right boot.
Newmarket struck back again when, with 20 minutes left, a long throw was knocked out of the box and Alex Watson reacted to thump the ball into the net.
But Stuart Cobb made the points safe when he fired home a fine left-footed volley from 20 yards after Ablett's cross from the right.
# March Reserves are away to Whittlesey United tomorrow in the League Cup. Kick-off 1.45pm.