Great Yarmouth boss Tong praises “quality” Wisbech Town display after snatching 2-1 victory

DESPITE his side snatching a 2-1 victory against Wisbech Town on Saturday, Great Yarmouth boss Paul Tong was full of praise for Steve Appleby’s rampant outfit.

Ash Stevens’ first-half goal gave the Fenmen a deserved lead as they laid seige to Jake Jessup’s goal rattling the woodwork on a number of occasions.

The Yarmouth shot-stopper also made a string of fine saves and his efforts were rewarded when Scott Woodcock’s second-half brace sealed an unlikely victory.

Tong said: “Wisbech battered us at times and created a number of chances - they were quality.

“But we dug in and rode our luck. I’m full of praise for our young players who are learning what a tough league this is.

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“We were dead and buried at half time but they keep raising their game in the second half. Jessup was unbelievable for a boy of 17, he just had one of those days. Today belonged to him - I’m sure it will be a game he will remember for a long time.”

The defeat ended Wisbech’s three-game league winning streak and Appleby admitted his side only had themselves to blame.

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The Fenmen boss said: “When I shook Paul’s hand he admitted it was daylight robbery. It was like watching David Haye against Audley Harrison.

“If it was a boxing contest it would have been stopped before half time it was that embarrassing. But that’s what makes football the game it is - we ended up beating ourselves.

“I can’t be too critical however, because we’ve been on a good run and played some tremendous football.”

Wisbech travel to sixth-placed Norwich United on Saturday and could leap-frog them with victory. Scott Johnson (suspended) and Matt Lunn (away) are still missing. Lewis Thompson (knee) is rated as 50/50.

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