NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Fenmen cannot afford further slip-ups in the title chase after being held by basement boys

Alex Beck hit Wisbech Town's goal in their draw at lowly Oadby. Photo: Ian Carter

Alex Beck hit Wisbech Town's goal in their draw at lowly Oadby. Photo: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Recent Wisbech Town signing Richard Bunting claims his side cannot afford any more slip-ups if they are to continue their push to win the United Counties League Premier Division.

The Fenmen dropped two precious points in the title chase when they were held to a 1-1 draw by basement side Oadby Town last Saturday.

Alex Beck’s early goal was cancelled out by Sam Burton’s equaliser 10minutes into the second half and both sides finished the game with ten men. Oadby’s Liam Baines received a second yellow card just before Wisbech substitute Josh Ford was sent for an early bath.

“We can’t afford any more slip ups if we are going to win the title,” said Bunting.

“It would be nice to say that we deserved the three points at Oadby and that we were unlucky not to get them, but it wasn’t the case.

“We weren’t at the races and didn’t really do enough to win the game. We have got to regroup, put that game behind us and move on.

“We can’t afford to let it get us down and we need to bounce back quickly. The results were fairly kind to us last Saturday and could certainly have been worse, but we can’t afford to give the sides around us a chance to pull away.”

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Wisbech dropped to fourth in the Premier Division standings and welcome third-bottom Northampton side Sileby Rangers to the Elgoods Fenland Stadium this Saturday (3pm).

Bunting, who recently joined from higher-level AFC Rushden & Diamonds, is confident Gary Setchell’s men will get back to winning ways.

He added: “Every game between now and the end of the season is a cup final for us.

“Tomorrow is another game against one of those sides who are down there in the table and sometimes they can be more difficult than people think. Those sides are fighting for their lives at this stage of the season.

“The boys know what they have got to do and that is get three points. Sometimes it doesn’t matter how they come, just as long as they do.”

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