Smith hat-trick helps Wisbech to superb mid-week win at Dereham

Ridgeons Premier Division Dereham Town 2 Wisbech Town 4 BILLY SMITH scored a hat-trick in a win Wisbech player-manager Gary Setchell described as the most enjoyable in his time at the club. Smith, who has been converted from a striker to a wing-back this

Ridgeons Premier Division

Dereham Town 2 Wisbech Town 4

BILLY SMITH scored a hat-trick in a win Wisbech player-manager Gary Setchell described as the most enjoyable in his time at the club.

Smith, who has been converted from a striker to a wing-back this season, opened the scoring on Tuesday night with a superb strike from 30 yards.


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After Dereham equalised Smith restored the Fenmen's lead with a back-post finish from a cross from the left after starting a fine passing move inside his own half.

Darren Jimson made it 3-1 early in the second half when he scored at the second attempt after his lobbed effort was saved.

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The hosts pulled another goal back before Smith completed the scoring with a strike from 25 yards in the 60th minute.

Setchell said: "Billy's a huge character and he loves smashing in shots from all over the place, but his overall play over the last six or eight weeks has been first class."

The win follows Wisbech's 5-1 demolition of Debenham on Saturday when Jimson struck twice, and Jordan Yong, Stuart King and Jason Pease were all on target.

It puts the Fenmen in confident mood ahead of Saturday's trip to fourth-placed Stanway Rovers.

Setchell said: "We are playing some magnificent football at the moment. Tuesday's win was the most enjoyable game for me since I've been at the club.

"The players' attitudes were superb. In the 89th minute players were getting told off for giving the ball away. That's great to see and it wouldn't have happened last season. We now have more leaders on the pitch.

"We have a really tough game on Saturday but if we carry on like this we will finish well within the top half of the table.

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