West Norfolk non-league round-up: Wisbech Town will be right up ‘keeper’s Street
Wisbech Town's dressing room is brimming with confidence – so 'keeper Alex Street should fit in comfortably when he returns 'home' this afternoon.
The popular King's Lynn Town shot-stopper should make his first start for the Fenmen since leaving the club in 2010 as Steve Appleby's Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table-topping side welcome Wivenhoe Town.
And he returns to the Elgood's Fenland Stadium on the back of a morale-boosting display for Lynn at the weekend where he deputised so excellently for new number one, Danny Gay and even made two penalty saves, albeit one via a re-take.
The 21-year-old showed maturity and courage beyond his tender years to step in for FA Trophy cup-tied Gay after slipping down the pecking order and enduring a slight blip in form. His display left Lynn boss Gary Setchell singing his praises.
'I am proud of Pedro. He's one of my boys and I've had him since he was 17. Like he said, he's only going to learn off Danny Gay, and he's been very mature about the whole situation,' said Setchell – who took Street from Wisbech to Lynn with him.
'He's going to Wisbech now full of confidence because he's a great 'keeper. No one has ever said he isn't but he's just got to find his feet. He's a young lad, he has a lot of experience, and on Saturday he was magnificent – like the rest of them.
'Saturday will have done him the power of good and he'll be back for us for the next round.'
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Street, who signed dual registration forms with the Fenmen and can play in the league for them and 'parent' club Lynn – due to the fact they play at different levels – steps in to fill the void left by injured keepers Lea Jordan, Ricky Lovelace and Tom Roberts.
Goals from Dubi Ogbonna, Ollie Gale and Adam Millson secured Wisbech's 3-1 win over Stanway Rovers on Saturday to move them above Dereham.
In the First Division, Downham Town continued their improved form by holding Saffron Walden Town 1-1. Matty Dye scored for Town, who welcome Great Yarmouth Town today.
Assistant Pete Brassett said: 'If someone had offered me a point at 3pm I'd have taken it. We deserved it and we kept the ball well against a side who will be there or thereabouts at the top at the end of the season. We've set our standards now and it's important we carry on to keep our momentum going.'
Matthew Franks (unavailable), Matty Castellan (county duty), Neil Goodbourn (suspended) and keeper Lee Brooks – who has joined Fakenham Town – will definitely miss Yarmouth's visit. Craig Dickson (hamstring) and Simon Bird (back) are rated as 50/50.
Joe Jackson's goal couldn't prevent Swaffham Town losing 2-1 at Yarmouth on Tuesday. Paul Hunt's men - who visit Halstead Town this afternoon - also lost 3-0 at home to table-topping, and 100pc record-holding, Cambridge University Press on Saturday.
Peterborough Division One Lynn Reserves visit Castor & Ailsworth on the back of a 5-2 win at Maccasports. Ciaran Beales (2), Luis Duarte, Chez Rust and Gino Livoti netted for Lynn.