Wisbech Town 1-4 Peterborough Sports: nightmare first half sends Fenmen crashing out the FA Cup
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Wisbech Town’s dream of an FA Cup run was brought to an abrupt halt on Saturday after they were comprehensively swept aside by UCL rivals Peterborough Sports.
Fenmen boss Dick Creasey had spoke of his quest for revenge against the side who had sent Wisbech to a 3-0 league defeat just a fortnight before, but it was business as usual for the impressive Peterborough side who hit three first half goals in a 4-1 Preliminary Round success at the Fenland Stadium.
Wisbech’s afternoon began disastrously, conceding after just 51 seconds when Sports’ Mark Jones swept home after a flowing move.
The hosts looked for a response, but Sports looked most likely to find the net again, with Ricky Lovelace forced into action with two impressive saves.
However, Lovelace soon turned into the villain after hauling Jones down in the box to concede a spot-kick, which the strker duly converted.
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Things then went from bad to worse for Wisbech after Paul Cousins was given his marching orders following two yellow cards in quick succession, and Sports made the most of their man advantage just before the break when Vieira nodded home a third.
Creasey’s men reponded to their first-half showing well in the second period, with Michael Frew coming close to pulling a goal back after a defensive mix up between Sam Vince and Josh Sanders.
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Summer signing Edgaras Buzas gave Wisbech a glimmer of hope 10 minutes from time when he found the net from 20 yards, but their hopes were soon dashed when Luke Wilson headed into his own net three minutes later.
Wisbech will look for an instant reponse in their re-arranged Cambs Invitation Cup final against higher-level Cambridge City on Wednesday.