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News Reports for December 2012

Merry Christmas & pitch inspection Mon 24th Dec
Wishing all our visitors a very merry Christmas.

There will be a pitch inspection at 8am on Boxing Day ahead of the game against Godmanchester Rovers. Kick off is scheduled for 11am.

Keep an eye on the forum or twitter for news of any possible postponement.

Walsham-le-Willows game rearranged Sat 22nd Dec
Today's trip to Walsham-le-Willows, which was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, will now take place on Wednesday 6th March with a 7.45pm kick off.

All games on Saturday 2nnd December in the Thurlow Nunn League were postponed due to the inclement weather.

Ely City away game moved Mon 17th Dec
The game away at Ely City has been moved from New Years' Day to the following day, Wednesday 2nd January, with a 7.45pm kick off.

Gornal Athletic await in FA Carlsberg Vase 4th Round. Mon 10th Dec
Wisbech Town have been drawn away to Gornal Athletic of the Midland Alliance in the 4th Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

The Peacocks, as they are known, are based in Lower Gornal, a village which has become part of the Dudley conurbation. They have never reached this far in the FA Vase before, the 3rd Round in 2010-11 and 2011-12 being their best showing to date.

They have so far beaten Atherstone Town (5-2 away), Nuneaton Griffin (2-0 away), Lye Town (3-1 away), Coventry Sphinx (8-1 away) and Boston Town (1-0 home) in this seasons competition.

Their website can be found here, and on they are also on Twitter - (@Gornal_AFC).

The draw in full can be found on the FA website.

Fenmen reach last 32 of FA Carlsberg Vase Sat 08th Dec
Thackley 2 - Wisbech Town 4
(Half Time: 0-2. Attendance: 162)

Whilst perhaps not the Fenmen's best performance of the season, they are in the hat for the 4th Round of the FA Carlsberg Vase.

The three and a half hour journey (which included passing Elland Road, home of Leeds United) passed without incident although meeting Histon FC at Blyth Services was a bit weird (perhaps not that surprising as they were playing at Guiseley, some 2 miles as the crow files from Thackley).

The game itself was tight at first with both keepers involved in making stops/saves. Wisbech took the lead after 13 minutes as Steven Reid picked up Dubi Ogbonna's square pass on the edge of the penalty area. Although his first touch wasn't great, no defender was close enough to prevent him hitting a shot goalwards which Thackley keeper Mark Bower couldn't quite prevent from trickling over the line.

The half continued in much the same vein as chances for both sides were created and squandered. Just before half time, a free kick for Thackley canoned off the wall and Ogbonna picked up the loose ball before finding Chris Bacon with a 30-yard pass. Bakes advanced towards goal, shrugging off a defender before delightfully chipping the ball over the on-coming keeper to make it 2-0.

As has been said many time before, two-nil is often considered to be a bad half-time scoreline as the team who are leading can take their foot off the gas, allowing the trailing team to get back into the game. Thankfully for the Fenmen, today was not one of those days as two goals in the space of five minutes effectively finished the game as a contest.

Two minutes into the second half, good work from Ogbonna set up Neal Spafford to cross the far post for Bacon to head goalwards. His looping effort was saved by Bower, but it came straight back down allowing Adam Millson to tap in from about half a yard out.

On 52 minutes, Dubi Ogbonna got clear of his marker near the halfway line and after beating another defender, fired a low shot which Bower again got a hand to but again couldn't stop it from crossing the line.

At this point a rout looked on the cards, as another one-on-one chance for Ogbonna was cleared off the line by a defender, Matt Lunn saw an angled shot from the edge of the box go narrowly wide of the post and Bower made amends for his earlier mistakes by saving another Ogbonna chance with his legs.

Deakan Napier replaced Neal Spafford just after the hour mark, with Ollie Gale and Rogan McGeorge coming on for Matt Lunn and Chris Bacon with 10 minutes remaining.

The final five minutes saw the home side score twice, once from a Chris Davey penalty after a handball in the box and then on 90 minutes a breakaway by Dempsey Smith, who was clattered by Paul Cousins after he had shot, with the Wisbech captain perhaps lucky to have only been shown a yellow card.

In the end it was a comfortable win for the Fenmen, but there will no doubt be tougher games ahead, starting with whichever of the 31 teams remaining the 4th Round draw decides to throw at us. News of that draw will be on the forum around lunchtime on Monday.

Wisbech Town:

1. Lea Jordan
2. Steven Reid
3. Scott Johnson
4. Paul Cousins
5. Adam Millson
6. Neal Spafford
7. Chris Bacon
8. Jon Fairweather
9. Matt Lunn
10. Stacy Cartwright
11. Dubi Ogbonna

12. Rogan McGeorge (for Chris Bacon 80)
14. Ollie Gale (for Matt Lunn 80)
15. Deakan Napier (for Neal Spafford 62)
16. Jack Friend (unused)
GK. Tom Roberts (unused)

Application for promotion to Step 4 Mon 03rd Dec
The Fenmen are one of five Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division sides to have applied for promotion to step 4 at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Promotion for any of the sides is subject to finishing in a qualifying position in the league (this season teams as low as third are eligible) and having an 'E' ground grading by 31st March 2013. This must then be upgraded to a 'D' grade by the same date in 2014 or an enforced relegation back to Step 5 may result.

For this season only, there is a possibility that two clubs from the Thurlow Nunn League may be invited to join Step 4, subject to the above conditions. The teams finishing bottom of the six Step 4 leagues will be relegated regardless of any factor which in previous seasons would have seen them reprieved. Also, the Ryman Division One North and Division One South are both being increased from 22 teams to 24 teams, so as a Ryman League feeder league, clubs seeking promotion to step from the Thurlow Nunn League are eligible for the extra places this will create. This does not mean Wisbech Town would definitely be placed in the Ryman League; it means that there is chance for more than one team to gain promotion, even if the team finishing top are eligible (normally this would prevent teams who have applied but finished below an eligible champion club from going up).

I hope this makes sense, but if it doesn't the following section of the Non-League Forum website might help explain things:

Non-League Forum


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