WATCH: Fenmen add another glorious goal to their collection in 2-2 draw with Deeping Rangers
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Boss Brett Whaley was left to savour the latest in a long line of stunning Wisbech Town goals on Tuesday night.
Whaley has endured a difficult start to his Fenmen reign, but it has been illuminated by a series of top-drawer strikes.
Midfield man Steven Reid was the latest player to deliver a goal-of-the-season contender when hitting a brilliant 40-yard equaliser in Town’s 2-2 draw at Deeping Rangers in the United Counties League Premier Division.
Reid burst onto a loose ball and, after spotting home goalkeeper Danny Bircham off his line and unleashed a brilliant dipping effort.
Whaley said: “Scoring great goals is becoming a habit.
“We have produced some real crackers so far this season and Reidy’s strike on Tuesday was right up there with the best of them.
“It was very much needed as well to get us level for a second time. To spot a goalkeeper off his line is one thing, but to beat him with an effort from that distance is something else altogether.”
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Whaley’s only disappointment was that his team didn’t leave the Haydon Whitham Stadium in South Lincolnshire in possession of maximum points even though they had to twice come from behind.
An early Rangers opener was cancelled out by a Robert Hughes free-kick – assisted by a goalkeeping fumble from Bircham – after a quarter-of-an-hour.
Hosts Deeping, who won 3-1 at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium earlier in the season, hit the front again just after the half-hour and that’s the way it stayed until Reid’s glorious effort with 17 minutes remaining.
Whaley added: “We were well on top in the second half and I felt we might go on to win the game after getting level for the second time.
“But we couldn’t really create any clearcut chances and that is one of the things we still need to improve on.
“A point away to a good side in the top six is never a bad result, but we are in the position where we need to go on a winning run rather than an unbeaten run.
“I’m very pleased with the squad we now have though. This is the group of players we want to move forward with.”
Wisbech will have the opportunity to return to winning ways when entertaining Cogenhoe United at the Elgoods Fenland Stadium on Saturday. (3pm).
The Northamptonshire side currently sit in the bottom half of the table, but they boast matches in hand on all other Premier Division teams and beat table-toppers Leicester Nirvana last weekend.
“Every game is a test at this level,” continued Whaley. “And Cogenhoe will provide a tough one.
“They are traditionally a strong side who tend to finish closer to the top of the table than the bottom and their result against Nirvana suggests they are coming into form.”
Wisbech will be without the suspended duo of Reid and wideman Billy Smith after their recent red cards in the club’s stormy FA Vase exit at the hands of Midlands side Alvechurch.
Reid picked up a one game ban, but Smith must sit out three matches – the next of which is a home Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final tie against higher-level side Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday night (7.45pm).