Lee Wilson disappointed and proud of Canning Town after 'crazy' FA Vase encounter with Biggleswade
PUBLISHED: 17:00 24 October 2016
East Londoners boss always feared fitness of visitors would prove decisive at the Terence McMillan Stadium
Lee Wilson was left with mixed emotions after watching his Canning Town team play out a dramatic FA Vase first round tie with Biggleswade on Saturday.
Goals from Dean Pearson, Tommy Phillips, Ky McClements and Julian Edwards put the hosts 4-3 up in extra time at the Terence McMillan Stadium.
But Biggleswade hit back with two more efforts to seal a sensational 5-4 win and bring an incredible game to an end.
“As a player and as a manager I’ve never experienced anything like Saturday’s match,” admitted Wilson.
“It was just crazy and I was upset after and disappointed for the players, but unbelievably proud.
“You look at it and we were 4-3 up in the second half of extra time so it was so close for us.
“It was tough because with the experience we have in the side, we really should have seen the game out.”
Wilson hailed the character of his team after watching them come from 3-2 down in the 82nd minute to equalise and set up another extra 30 minutes of action.
Canning Town’s Edwards missed a first half penalty before they went a goal ahead after being awarded another spot-kick.
But the manager of the Essex Olympian League Premier Division side was always concerned about the fitness of Biggleswade.
“We were 3-2 down with six minutes to go so it wasn’t as if we were three up and threw it away,” said Wilson.
“I think the oldest player they had was either 26 or 28 so you can see just how young a team they was. After about 20 minutes, I thought in my mind that their fitness could be the difference.
“We could have been two or three up in the first half because we missed a penalty before scoring one a few minutes later. We had another one-on-one opportunity and a few more chances and Biggleswade fitness was always in the back of my mind.”
The Town manager felt if his team could have got a two-goal lead it might have been crucial.
It wasn’t to be in the end, though the Olympian side could be incredibly proud of their efforts against a Spartan South Midlands Division One team.
Wilson added: “It was always a goal to us and then one for them, we could never get a big enough lead which might have knocked the stuffing out of them.
“Where we didn’t get the two goal cushion it spurred them on to keep coming back, but if we had got a few ahead I think we could have done it.”
Even though Canning Town were knocked out, they did produce a memorable match that will live long in the memory.