Wisbech Town 1 Bromsgrove Sporting 3: Fenmen boss Setchell plots promotion drive after FA Vase exit
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Gary Setchell will turn his attentions to promotion after the dust settles on a controversial exit from the FA Vase.
Memories – good and appallingly bad - were resurrected on a stirring afternoon of football in the fens, spoiled by allegations by the visiting goalkeeper that he was the subject of racist comments.
Wisbech were unlucky to go out, but perhaps have themselves to blame: chances were missed, two penalties conceded and two players were sent off within the space of two minutes.
That was the football side: blood and guts, high emotions, good luck and bad luck, great stuff for a healthy 650-strong crowd.
The unsavoury side was the unproven allegation by visiting keeper Reece Francis and an altercation between victorious Bromsgrove players as they entered the dressing room and a supporter.
Setchell made his view clear about off-field behaviour: it has no place in the game. But his mind will be focussed on erasing this Vase exit from his players' minds and gearing up for a UCL Premier Division promotion challenge – which resumes on Saturday at home to Oadby Town.
'It was a disappointing way to go out and probably more disappointing because I thought for 65 minutes we were the better side. But you need to up your game, you need to score first,' said Setchell. 'They scored three goals without having to do much. We have made three group errors.
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'Now we have to concentrate on the league.'
Bromsgrove went ahead on 62 minutes, Richard Gregory scoring from the penalty spot after Jon Fairweather had handled.
Six minutes later Sean Brain made it 2-0, but Wisbech gave themselves a lifeline when Alex Beck drilled in a shot from the right side of the area.
But then came a crazy few minutes when Bastock appeared to have the ball kicked out of his hands and in the ensuing scramble, Fairweather committed another foul which earned him a second yellow card. Bastock was also booked, then beaten from the spot by Gregory again and then shown a second yellow as his protests continued – leaving Setchell looking for a keeper for the coming weekend.
Down to nine men, the hopes of a comeback became impossible.