Appleby hopes to get the right decisions

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WISBECH Town take on Histon Reserves at home in the Ridgeons Premier Division on Saturday and manager Steve Appleby will be hoping that the officials are more charitable than when the two sides met earlier in the season.

The Fenmen led 2-1 in the second half at Histon with only five minutes left but Lewis Thompson was adjudged to have fouled in the box. Not only was the penalty awarded but Thompson received a red card for a second yellow.

Histon scored from the spot kick and Appleby was left very angry that his side had been robbed of two points.

He commented: “I did not want to say too much at the time because I might have got into trouble, but it was a poor decision and I was certainly not very happy with that.

“It is not very often we get to play Histon on a Saturday instead of midweek when their side can be boosted by first teamers. It is a game we should be looking to win after our good performance Mildenhall last week.

“It was really frustrating that we could not play at Brantham after that performance but you just have get on with it. We will have a full squad available, so there is no problem for us there.

“We just want to kick on and try and make that top six spot.”

Appleby enjoyed his night in front of the fans last Thursday and felt the Fans Forum went very well.

He asked for it to held after comments on the club’s website had overshadowed the team win against Mildenhall.

One of the most talked about items on the night was the lack of appearances of striker Tommy Treacher but Appleby allayed the fans’ fears that the striker would be leaving and said at the weekend: “I was not happy about his comments on Facebook and I had a word in his ear about being a man and coming to see me so that we can thrash out things because there is right ways and wrong ways of doing things and I’ve told him so.

“At the start of the season he was scoring goals and making chances but his form dipped a bit then and then he got a calf injury. Since then he’s not really had a look in and the weather has not helped either with games off.

“Ash Stevens had to wait for his turn but scored goals for the reserves and has taken his chance since in the first team. I signed Tommy last season and know he is a good player but he has to be patient. If I did not want him at the club he would be gone.

“Anthony Reeve and Stacy Cartwright have had to wait their turn but came in against Mildenhall and did really well. That left left me a headache for Saturday with Paul Cousins and Jon Fairweather available.

“I have got together a good squad of decent players. We will need all of them in the next few months with the fixtures already stacking up if we are make that top six which I am sure we can do.”