FA Cup: Wisbech Town 1, Wroxham 4
Wroxham progressed in the FA Cup after a 4-1 win at league rivals Wisbech Town – but neither team came out with much credit, according to their respective managers.
The Yachtsmen were rarely tested by a Wisbech side missing a string of senior players and not helped by a catalogue of individual errors.
David Batch's men punished them to the full – and had the luxury of missing two penalties to boot.
'It was comfortable,' said Batch. 'I can't say I am pleased because I am not particularly. I can't say we played well, but what we did do today was we did the right thing sin the circumstances.
'The goalkeeper, give him his credit, he saved two penalties as well – 4-1 is comfortable, but it could have been dead after 20 minutes. I keep striding for protection and I was disappointed at half-time, and I was a little bit disappointed with most of what we did second half if I am honest.
'But the other week we drew 0-0 and were outstanding – I would rather play not as well and win. It doesn't matter.'
Wroxham were ahead after just 11 minutes, Town keeper Ryan Rayner allowing a corner to sail over his head, leaving Ben Thompson to hook it over the line from close range.
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There was a collector's item a minute later when Thompson was fouled and Rayner saved Damien Hilton's penalty.
'I have never even seen him get close to missing a penalty,' said Batch.
'It was a rare one.'
Rayner, who needed treatment for a shoulder injury, made an excellent save from Thompson after a terrible clearance before Wisbech equalised on 33 minutes, Lewis Thompson firing home from the edge of the area.
But penalty number two, awarded just before the break when Ollie Gale needlessly upended Thompson as he moved away from goal, was perfectly despatched by Shaun Howes off the inside of a post.
Five minutes after the break, it was all over when Rayner spilled Thompson's cross from the right and Paul Cook tapped the ball home.
Wroxham should have put it beyond reach on 53 minutes when Gavin Lemmon was fouled by Jon Fairweather for the game's third penalty, but Howes' effort was saved by Rayner to his right.
Wisbech were running one empty and on 78 minutes Wroxham added a fourth, Matthew Daniels scoring from the edge of the box.
For Chris Dear it was a baptism of fire as caretaker manager in the absence of regular boss Steve Appleby, who was unavailable.
'It's a disappointing afternoon, more so for our performance than the result,' said Dear. 'We have always said to the lads if we lose but we go down fighting and we will accept it. But I don't feel that way this afternoon.'
Gorleston went out, losing 3-0 at Bury Town who had Tom Bullard sent off after 38 minutes.
'We are a bit disappointed with the overall performance today,' said Greens' assistant Stu Larter.