VIDEO NEWS: Wisbech need to prove themselves

PUBLISHED: 11:12 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010

WAS it a penalty or not? Darren Jimson’s stoppage time penalty appeal was turned down by referee Pearce.

WAS it a penalty or not? Darren Jimson's stoppage time penalty appeal was turned down by referee Pearce.

WISBECH Town manager Dick Creasey has thrown down the gauntlet to his players and asked them to prove themselves before the end of the season. The challenge comes after the Fenmen threw away a 2-0 half-time lead and had to settle for a point in their home

AIRBORNE: Martin McNeil attacks the ball in the Stanway penalty area. But the game turned sour for McNeil when he was sent off in the second half

WISBECH Town manager Dick Creasey has thrown down the gauntlet to his players and asked them to prove themselves before the end of the season.

The challenge comes after the Fenmen threw away a 2-0 half-time lead and had to settle for a point in their home match against Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

Once again, the Wisbech manager was left disappointed by his side's inability to kill off a game and frustrated by contentious refereeing decisions.

Goals from Liam Nimmo and Darren Jimson put Wisbech ahead after 18 minutes but it all went wrong for the home side after the break.

ON THE BREAK: Adam Weston lays the ball off into the path of goalscorer Liam Nimmo

Ten minutes into the second half, Wisbech centre half Martin McNeil was sent off and referee John Pearce awarded Stanway a controversial penalty, which Ray Turner converted.

And the scores were level 13 minutes later when Luke Callender took advantage of poor defending to score.

Wisbech still had opportunities to win the game and Darren Jimson's appeals for a stoppage time penalty were ignored by referee Pearce, to the amazement of Creasey.

He said: "The referee had a poor game but we should have won the game anyway. We created enough chances to lead 5-0 at half-time but we are not clinical enough in front of goal.

CLOSE FOUGHT: Stuart Cobb challenges for the ball during a good first half display from the Fenmen. However, it all went wrong for Wisbech after the break

"The least I say about their penalty and Martin McNeil's sending-off the better. When the whistle blew I thought it was for a foul on Martin so I was amazed when I saw it was for a penalty."

He added: "Their second goal was a poor one to give away and once again, we are conceding too many goals."

Creasey admits that he needs to address his team's short-comings. He said: "I am not going to bring new players into the squad unless I know that they will be with us for the long term.

"I have had the opportunity to sign a defender and striker on loan but I have declined because I want players who I can keep."

MY BALL: Wisbech keeper Nick Conroy was unable to stop Wisbech losing a 2-0 half time lead to Stanway. Pictures: Brian Purdy

He added: "I have not written off the season and I want us to finish as high up the table as possible. But we have to start planning for next season.

"I am not going to panic buy at this stage of the season and I am going to give our existing players the chance to prove themselves before the summer.

"I am disappointed with our league campaign this season. Next season I will be under pressure and we will have to hit a few jackpots that is for sure."

Creasey is looking for a reaction form his players when they entertain Kirkley on Saturday and Mildenhall Town on Tuesday.

He said: "Both teams are above us in the league but I am desperate to win both games."

Steve Appleby and Andy Lodge, who made substitute appearances on Saturday, are still not 100 per cent fit.

Luke Weston and Danny Hussey are doubts and missed midweek training after picking up back and knee injuries respectively. Stuart Cobb is suspended for the Kirkley match.

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