Appleby ready for cup showdown

Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby is eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s FA Cup derby against March Town at the GER.

He said: “It is fantastic for local football and has really got both towns buzzing. It should bring a really big crowd out and create a fantastic atmosphere.

“As I saw in the pre-season friendly Brett Whaley has got together a good March team, but we will be prepared and ready to do the job.

“They have lively threats up front in Stu Anderson and Ash Brand but I think we have quality in our team too and have certainly improved since we last met.

“Sometimes you learn more in defeat than you do when you win and I certainly think that was the case that night. We are from a higher division but we still have to go there and do things right to get the result.

“We all want a good run in the cup competitions and the board will be happy with the rewards it brings.”

There is no doubt that Appleby has put together a very good squad as their results so far in the Ridgeons Premier Division show with four successive wins before last night’s home game against Dereham.

Chris Bacon and Callum Reed did not play in the match against March and have scored five goals each, while 6ft 5in goalkeeper Ryan Rayner is another recruit since that game.

Appleby admitted: “We have got a squad of 16 good players which gives us the strength in depth but you need that if you are going to try and win the title. Leiston had 17 last year.

“It does bring its headaches trying to keep everyone happy but while you are winning it is not so much of a problem.”

Whaley is well aware of the task facing his side. “We may have beaten them in the friendly but that might count against us now. They will come focussed and determined not to let that happen again and there is no element of surprise. But that win will give our players confidence too.

“Wisbech have added to their squad since then and have made a very good start to the season. Their intention is to win the league above us while ours is to finish in the top 10 in a league below.

“We have done well to reach this stage already beating Premier Division side Kirkley and the reward is a home tie. The game should attract a lot of fans and gives us the chance to show what we can do.

“There is no pressure on our team and I just want us to put in the decent performance we are capable of so that we can attract some of the fans back to more games in the future.

“I am not too worried about what Wisbech are capable of doing because if you start worrying about the opposition then the the team will be become intimidated. We have the pace to unsettle them at the back and if we get some joy early on it will give us the confidence to go on.”

“There will certainly be goals in the game with both teams having good attacking players and should provide the fans with plenty of entertainment.”