Harrowby 0 Wisbech Town 5: Fenmen warm up for cup final with easy victory
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Wisbech Town warmed up for Monday's UCL Knockout Cup Final with a comfortable 5-0 win at relegated Harrowby United.
The Arrows had shipped 160 goals before the start of their final game and that figure looked likely to be increased on the quarter hour.
Goalkeeper Matt Clarke simultaneously fouled Michael Frew and sustained a head injury which meant he was unable to face the resulting penalty.
Defender Nick Eatough donned the gloves and Harrowby were forced to use their only available substitute replacing Clarke. After a lengthy delay, Wisbech stopper Sam Vince beat the stand-in keeper from the spot and took his tally to five successful penalties from five attempts.
Shortly afterwards, an injury to Harrowby striker Dean Michiniew meant the home side had to play the rest of the game with ten men.
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Despite their numerical advantage, Wisbech were happy to take things easy and wait for the next opportunity to arrive. In the 41st minute, Billy Smith's corner was flicked on by Michael Frew at the near post and Adam Millson was on hand to knock the ball in at the far post.
A minute into stoppage time, a low Smith free kick found skipper Jon Fairweather unmarked on the edge of the box and he finished with ease from 12 yards.
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The second half was equally low-key as manager Dick Creasey took the chance to rest players ahead of the cup final. Plenty of chances went begging but two were converted; just before the hour mark Millson grabbed his second and the Fenmen's fourth as he pounced on a loose ball after Alex Beck's initial shot was only parried. The scoring was completed in the 70th minute as Sam Murphy headed home another Smith corner.
Eynesbury's win against Desborough meant the Fenmen finished sixth in the UCL Premier Division, two places higher than last season but perhaps not as high as hoped for.