Town lose but show spirit

PUBLISHED: 11:59 21 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 02 June 2010

KEEPERS! Leiston goalkeeper Jamie Stannard pounces on the ball to foil a Wisbech attack. 	Pictures: PETER UPTON

KEEPERS! Leiston goalkeeper Jamie Stannard pounces on the ball to foil a Wisbech attack. Pictures: PETER UPTON

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Wisbech Town 1 Leiston 3 WISBECH were comfortably beaten by a strong side on Saturday. But Town manager Roy McManus believes his side showed some of their pre-Christmas form and have put the two disastrous performances of

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Wisbech Town 1 Leiston 3

WISBECH were comfortably beaten by a strong side on Saturday.

But Town manager Roy McManus believes his side showed some of their pre-Christmas form and have put the two disastrous performances of the previous week behind them.

Wisbech, who had lost their last two matches 5-0, to Newmarket, and 6-1 to Kirkley and Pakefield, started Saturday's match with striker Darren Edey, who recently rejoined the club, in attack.

Two other new players, Scott Cubberley and Danny Foulsham, made substitutes' appearances.

The visitors started brightly and took the lead after 25 minutes.

Wisbech lost possession cheaply in midfield and Marc Lowe collected the ball just outside the penalty box and struck it well into the corner of the net.

The hosts created a couple of half chances but Lowe struck again five minutes before the break to double Leiston's advantage.

Wisbech were punished again for surrendering possession too easily with Lowe again striking into the other bottom corner this time.

The Fenmen came out fighting in the early stages of the second half.

James McManus skimmed the crossbar with a free-kick, Stuart Ablett struck the side netting with a volley at the back post and Stuart Cobb twice beat the Leiston defence with late runs but missed the target.

Wisbech's Billy Smith caused problems but failed to find the target.

Leiston went 3-0 up in the 70th minute when Justyn Chenery's 25-yard effort took a wicked deflection off his team-mate, leaving goalkeeper Chris Horton wrong-footed.

McManus scored a late free-kick that powered through the wall and deflected into the net, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal.

The manager said: "Leiston drew with Needham Market in their last game before this match so they are obviously a very good side and deserved this win. But this was a big improvement from the disaster against Newmarket so if we continue to work hard we should be able to put some points on the board.

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