First half collapse proves crucial for Wisbech Town in relegation six-pointer with Market Drayton Town

PUBLISHED: 09:48 15 March 2020 | UPDATED: 09:49 15 March 2020

Jordan Macleod strikes for goal for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Jordan Macleod strikes for goal for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

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What was seen as a relegation six-pointer proved to be a one-sided affair as Wisbech Town were left stunned on Saturday.

Wisbech Town captain Sam Spencer challenges for the ball. Picture: ERIN LARHAMWisbech Town captain Sam Spencer challenges for the ball. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

The Fenmen were left pondering after a resurgent first half display from fellow Northern Premier League South East Division strugglers Market Drayton Town saw them run out 4-0 winners to ensure boss Brett Whaley's heaviest defeat in charge.

Whaley made one change to the starting line-up that drew with Loughborough Dynamo in their previous outing, midfielder Layton Maddison replacing Ollie Gale, and it was the team in 19th spot who went on the front foot.

Dylan Edge fired over before striker Jordan Macleod's cutback following a determined run couldn't find the run of teammate Matt Sparrow, who was poised to slot home from around 10 yards.

But it was a counter-attack that gave the visitors the lead.

Matt Sparrow shoots over for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMMatt Sparrow shoots over for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

A contentious handball from an Edge cross was waved away by referee Lee Jessup, allowing James Tindall-Bennett to burst forward and deliver a pinpoint cross for Andre James, who chipped goalkeeper Josh Allen from close.

Three goals in 11 minutes in perhaps controversial fashion then left the Fenmen shell-shocked.

James latched onto Brendon Price's tidy pass after Layton Maddison looked to have been fouled in the build-up, before the striker peeled away from his marker to head home a first-half hat-trick.

It was further misery for Wisbech after defender Beckham Kennelly headed up and over the onrushing Allen on 35 minutes.

Layton Maddison goes into a tackle for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMLayton Maddison goes into a tackle for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Manager Whaley reacted with two changes, Maddison and Liam Marshall replaced by Tiago Nassunculo and debutant defender Dean Grogan, who steadied the ship with an assured performance.

An improved display after the break by Wisbech led to near openings and a flurry of corners, Sam Murphy's leaping header went close while Nassunculo, Kennelly and captain Sam Spencer were all denied.

But as much as they tried, they failed to recover from a first half collapse as Wisbech now look above the rest of the field.

Dean Grogan made his Wisbech Town debut as a first half substitute. Picture: ERIN LARHAMDean Grogan made his Wisbech Town debut as a first half substitute. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Wisbech: Josh Allen; Aaron Hart, Stacy Cartwright (sub Conor Green, 70'), Liam Marshall (sub Dean Grogan, 36'), Beckham Kennelly, Sam Spencer (C), Matt Sparrow, Sam Murphy, Jordan Macleod, Layton Maddison (sub Tiago Nassunculo, 36'), Dylan Edge.

Unused subs: Jack Keeble, Ollie Gale.

Goals: Market Drayton Town - James (16', 24' and 30'), Kennelly own goal (35').

Jordan Macleod in action for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMJordan Macleod in action for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Cautions: Wisbech Town - none.

Man of the match: Dylan Edge.

Attendance: 235

Referee: Mr Lee Jessup.

Conor Green fires in a cross for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMConor Green fires in a cross for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Sam Spencer and Tiago Nassunculo look to regain possession for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMSam Spencer and Tiago Nassunculo look to regain possession for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Wisbech's Sam Murphy rises high for a header. Picture: ERIN LARHAMWisbech's Sam Murphy rises high for a header. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Matt Sparrow protects the ball for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMMatt Sparrow protects the ball for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Dean Grogan challenges for a header for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAMDean Grogan challenges for a header for Wisbech. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Wisbech Town captain Sam Spencer looks down in despair. Picture: ERIN LARHAMWisbech Town captain Sam Spencer looks down in despair. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

Chris Lenton (left), Leigh Porter (centre) and Wisbech manager Brett Whaley walk off after defeat to Market Drayton Town. Picture: ERIN LARHAMChris Lenton (left), Leigh Porter (centre) and Wisbech manager Brett Whaley walk off after defeat to Market Drayton Town. Picture: ERIN LARHAM

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