Appleby plans hit by bans to key defenders

DEFENDERS Paul Cousins and Jon Fairweather will be missing from the Wisbech Town side to face Mildenhall Town at the Tom Wood’s Beers Fenland Stadium next Monday afternoon.

Skipper Cousins and Fairweather will be sitting the game out after picking up a one-match ban for five bookings and midfielder Aaron Turner will also be absent on holiday.

It is a big blow for Wisbech, but manager Steve Appleby will have Scott Johnson back from holiday and is likely to team up Anthony Reeve and Stacy Cartwright in the middle of defence, while Billy Smith, recently returned from Kings Lynn, may also figure in the squad.

Appleby has found it impossible to get his squad together over the last week but is hoping to arrange a game on grass somewhere before next Monday involving the first team squad and reserves.

‘I have really had to leave it to the players to visit the their local gyms and do some work but we will be training this week and hopefully we can arrange a practice game but all clubs have been in the same boat.

“Mildenhall are very much like us and have under-achieved this season but we must be looking to pick up three points. With a run of games against clubs around us in the table over the next few weeks, it is important we can get a run of good results and move up the table to where we want to be.”

The two sides drew 1-1 earlier this season at Mildenhall, who have one point more than Wisbech but have played two games more.

The Fenmen have been drawn at home to either Great Yarmouth Town or Kirkley & Pakefield in the quarter-finals of the Ridgeons League Cup.

The match will be played on Tuesday January 25.