Appleby looking for a dream tie

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FENMEN manager Steve Appleby has an added incentive to win the preliminary round FA Cup-tie against Yaxley at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

The winners will meet Kettering at home in the next round and Appleby played for the Poppies in the 1991-92 season when they lost to Kenny Dalglish’s Blackburn Rovers 4-1 in the third round of the FA Cup.

Appleby said: “Kettering were one of the top non-league teams for many years. I was there only one season but they got to play Blackburn and had a good season in the league.”

Appleby added: “It is not only a big incentive for Wisbech, but Yaxley too because Kettering are well supported and the tie will bring a big crowd whoever gets to play them.”

Former March manager Brett Whaley is now in charge at Yaxley and has taken several Hares players with him to the United Counties League club.

Appleby added: “It will be a bit like our game against March at this stage last season playing Yaxley with the same manager and a number of the same players in action again.

“They gave us two good games then so we will certainly not be underestimating them.

“Ash Brand and Luke Pepper have given us problems in the past and former Soham player Andy Coleman is a decent player too and a top bloke.

“I think we know enough about them so I do not think they have any surprises for us and as always in the cup it will be down to which team performs best on the day.

“All the players and fans look forward to good cup runs and the club chairmen too with the financial benefits and it would certainly be good for everyone, not only myself, to get Kettering at home in the 
next round.”

Brand came on as a substitute and scored twice in three minutes to help Yaxley to a 3-1 win against Northampton Spencer in the cup replay last week. In that sort of form Wisbech will have to watch out for him again.

Apart from Brand and Pepper, other former March players likely to be involved are Marc Welcher, Gav Cooke, Dan Jenkins, Kyle Nolan Aaron Butcher and Adam Rothery.