MATCH REPORT: Wisbech Town 1-2 Carlton Town

Goals from Oliver Clark and Ben Hutchinson saw Carlton Town win for the first time in eight games, with a 2-1 success at Wisbech Town.

In a match played in bitter cold and affected by a strong wind throughout and driving rain in the second half, Carlton passed up a string of opportunities to seal victory and were grateful to a stunning double save from Jack Steggles deep into added time to secure the much-needed win.

Carlton played into the wind in the first half but did create some early half chances when Hutchinson twice fed Dylan Otshude in good positions but last week’s late goalscorer was unable to capitalise.

With both sides far too close to the relegation zone for comfort and the strong wind affecting the passing, neither side looked to have the confidence or ability to keep the ball in the first half. 

Carlton managed to push forward and Hutchinson played the ball wide to Connor Bartle.  He crossed for Clark who headed wide from a good position.

A minute later Clark made no such mistake, heading a Bartle throw past Dan Swan at the near post.

If Carlton thought the home side would wilt they were mistaken as they equalised within four minutes. Clark brought down Danny Setchell on the edge of the box and Setchell got up and hit an absolute bullet through the wall and past Steggles.

Carlton had the wind at their backs in the second half just as the heavens opened. 

Carlton regained the lead on 79 minutes with a carbon copy of their first goal.  Another long throw from Bartle was met with a well-directed header from Hutchinson which beat Swan at his near post to the delight of the small band of travelling fans behind the goal.

Carlton looked to be seeing out the final minutes inrelative comfort as the Fenmen simply couldn’t get any possession.  However in the fourth minute of added time they got a free kick for offside just inside their half.

The ball was launched into the area, Carlton failed to clear and Beck hit a fierce drive that looked a certain goal until Steggles somehow leapt across goal, palmed the ball into the air and then caught it before Wisbech could pounce.

It was the final action of the game and the clearly delighted Carlton players came across in the pouring rain to thank the travelling fans for their support.

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