Northampton Sileby Rangers 1 Wisbech 3: Fenmen find their shooting boots to complete comeback
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Not for the first time in recent games, Wisbech Town had to come from behind to extend their winning run to six United Counties League games in the sunshine at Northampton Sileby Rangers.
With regular ‘keeper Sam Vince unavailable, manager Dick Creasey recalled Ben Martin from loan at Pinchbeck for his Fenmen debut.
The first half will not live long in the memory of the travelling Wisbech supporters as the home side created the better chances and but for two goal line clearances would have gone into the break at least one goal up.
The pattern continued in the second half and Martin pulled off a couple of excellent saves to keep the contest goalless but he was powerless to prevent Sileby breaking the deadlock a minute before the hour. Jory Mann’s clipped cross from the corner of the 18-yard box was met perfectly by the head of Brian Farrell to score unchallenged from eight yards.
A substitution and change of formation followed immediately and this galvanised the Fenmen into action. With the Wisbech players seemingly having left their shooting boots at home, it wasn’t really that surprising that when the equaliser came, it was via the chest of Sileby defender Dalton Bettles who diverted Adam Millson’s 71st minute cross into his own net.
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Wisbech were now on top and took the lead with 10 minutes remaining through Alex Beck, who latched onto Luke Hipwell’s ball over the defence to score his 14th goal in Wisbech colours.
The coup-de-grace was applied by Billy Smith in the 84th minute, his 25-yard free kick giving the Sileby keeper no chance at all.
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Wisbech finish their league campaign at lowly Harrowby next Saturday before taking on Yaxley in the UCL Knockout Cup final at Peterborough Sports on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).