Appleby predicts a tough cup hurdle

Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. This own goal gave Wisbech the lead in the first half.
Wisbech Town at home to Walsham. This own goal gave Wisbech the lead in the first half.
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WISBECH Town manager Steve Appleby believes Desborough Town will be a tough test to overcome in Saturday’s extra preliminary round of the FA Cup at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.

Desborough struggled near the foot of the UCL Premier Division last season, but a late revival saw them push their way clear of the relegation zone and they have been in very good form scoring freely in their preseason friendlies.

This will however be their first competitive game of the season unlike Wisbech who will have played two league games by this weekend.

Appleby said: “It will be a tough game for us. They are a typical UCL big, strong and hard working side. I played against Desborough several times in the past and the boys will know they will have been in a physical contest and we will have to be prepared for that.

“Hopefully we will have a decent crowd and they will get behind us as they always do.

“We want to stay in the FA Cup and FA Vase competitions as long as we can. With home draws in the first three rounds of the FA Cup we have a good chance of doing that if we perform on the day.”

Wisbech should be at full strength for the first time this season with Anthony Reeve, having served his two match ban, returning; and Chris Bacon and Matt Lunn were expected to play be involved at Haverhill on Tuesday after missing the opening game.