Appleby eyes up strikers

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Wisbech Town FC manager Steve Appleby is targeting two strikers as he plans for a new life in the United Counties League.

He will lose two and possibly three forwards from last season’s squad which finished second in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League.

Following a switch confirmed by the FA, Appleby said: “We have lost Matt Lunn, Chris Bacon and probably Joe Jackson.

“Hopefully we have enough defensively. In goalkeepers we have Lea Jordan and Tom Roberts, defensively we have six good players, in midfield we’re blessed, so we could do with forwards; that’s the priority.”

Appleby is talking to a handful of forwards and a midfielder.

He added: “Certainly we want one goalscorer and one to make something happen.

“Always at this time of year you have to take people at their word. That’s why I’m lucky we’ve got loyal lads. I need a midfield enforcer as the UCL is maybe a stronger league.

“In the Thurlow League teams like to get the ball down and play. I’ve played in both leagues and I feel we have got to earn the right to play football in the UCL.”

He is not taking anything for granted in the new surroundings in which local rivals King’s Lynn took two seasons to get promoted: “I’m not making any bold statements.

“Top five is realistic. We are a good side, but like everybody else we’ve got to prove it.”