Wisbech beat Soham to reach their first cup final in nine years

CAMBS INVITATION CUP SEMI-FINAL Wisbech Town 3 Soham Town Rangers 2 WISBECH fan favourite Mark Jimson produced an outstanding performance and a rare goal to help the Fenmen to their first cup final in nine years. The defensive midfielder, 33, has been r

CAMBS INVITATION CUP SEMI-FINAL

Wisbech Town 3 Soham Town Rangers 2

WISBECH fan favourite Mark Jimson produced an outstanding performance and a rare goal to help the Fenmen to their first cup final in nine years.

The defensive midfielder, 33, has been recovering from a knee operation that threatened to send him into early retirement but was Wisbech's man of the man in a satisfying win over arch rivals Soham on Tuesday night.


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The victory will make Steve Appleby an instant hit with the Wisbech fans as it was only his third game as manager.

He said: "Soham are very strong in midfield so we had to be solid in the centre of the park and both Mark Jimson and Lewis Thompson were excellent.

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"Conditions were difficult but both teams tried to play football but we had to show a lot of fight.

"We were a little but na�ve when they went down to 10 men when we were 3-1 up and kept bombing forward, but it's fantastic to be in a cup final."

Mark Jimson broke the deadlock in the 42nd minute when he reacted quickest to a loose ball but Scott Carter, one of several ex-Wisbech players in the Soham team, equalised before half-time.

Three minutes after the re-start Darren Jimson's near post header from a Stuart Cobb corner put Wisbech 2-1 up.

In the 70th minute Billy Smith won Wisbech a penalty after a fantastic run and Soham centre-back Thomas Liberatore was given a straight red card.

Robbie Harris's cool spot kick made it 3-1 and should have killed the game off but Carter popped up for his second goal in the 90th minute to ensure a nervy injury time period for the hosts.

Soham manager and former Wisbech boss Ian Benjamin said: "We should have had the game done and dusted in the first 15 minutes but we wasted a lot of chances.

"In the second half I though we were poor and the game was lost in the first 15-20 minutes when they scored two quick goals and we had a man sent off."

Wisbech's last cup final was the CIC Cup against Histon in 2001. They lost 2-1.

Wisbech will play the winner of Thursday night's match between Mildenhall and Cambridge City in the final at Cambridge United's R Costings Abbey Stadium.

A date of April 29 has been set for the match but is to be confirmed.

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