Wisbech Town’s unbeaten run continues following draw against Wroxham
Ridgeons Premier Division - Wisbech Town 1 Wroxham 1
THE Fenmen came from behind to keep their unbeaten run going after a dire match saw them share the spoils with Wroxham.
Andy Furnell’s third penalty of the season secured a point for Wisbech in a game which left manager Steve Appleby frustrated with his side’s performance but ultimately happy with a hard-fought draw.
Appleby said: “It was definitely a fair result as we were quite poor at times and Wroxham weren’t much better.
“I think it was a poor game of football all round to be honest but you’ve got to take the positives out of it and if you pick up points when you haven’t played well then that’s a bonus.
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“I’m just disappointed because we come to expect a lot more now. I was as frustrated as the supporters in the first 60 minutes because we were content in making it an ugly game. We knocked the ball as long as we could instead of having the confidence to get it down.
“I’ll definitely change things for Tuesday. I don’t think any one of the starting 11 can actually say that they made a case to start. I’ve got a lot of thinking to do over the weekend.”
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The first-half was truly dreadful with neither side taking control of the game and struggling to get the ball down. Chances were limited at both ends as the game became an aerial dogfight.
Lewis Cook nearly scored from his own-half with a hopeful punt that decieved shaky Wroxham keeper Nathan Pauling before Craig Parker struck the post with the games best opportunity.
Yet Wroxham took the lead just past the half-hour when livewire striker Claudio Longlois poked home from close-range after gambling on a flick-on.
Wisbech didn’t look like getting back into the game at the start of the second period until Tommy Treacher was upended in the penalty box in the 68th minute.
Andy Furnell cooly slotted home from the spot and Wisbech pushed for a winner in the final 15 minutes during their best spell of the game.
Frontman Furnell nearly snatched all three points for the Fenmen in the final minute but struck a post before Darren Jimson blazed over with a volley on the half-turn moments later.
Wisbech: Jordan, Cook (Fairweather, 75), Flanz, Cousins, Reeve, Thompson, Cobb, Jimson, Furnell, Treacher (Morris, 75), Parker - Subs not used: Murrell and McKenna
Man of the match: Claudio Langlois - Looked the most threatening player on the park and put Wroxham in front. His pace worried Cousins and Reeve, who dealt with him admirably, but caused problems throughout.