Appleby’s happy to have a selection headache

March v Wisbech football match action'Goal
March v Wisbech football match action'Goal

WISBECH Town players are doing their best to give manager Steve Appleby a massive headache, but you won’t hear him complaining too much.

Before last night’s friendly against Peterborough Northern Star, the Fenmen have rattled off four wins with 17 goals scored and only two conceded as they build up for the first Thurlow Nunn League game of the season on August 4 against Walsham at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.

They oozed class as they swept March Town aside on Saturday with an 8-1 win to follow other very good performances against Spalding and King’s Lynn.

Appleby has a first team squad of 17 and has been rotating his players and tactics so far. On Saturday he started with a 3-5-2 formation to switch to 4-3-3 in the second half and both worked admirably.

Appleby said: “We have tried three or four different systems and whatever we have done has worked for us. So we now know we have also a plan B and C if we ever need them. We scored some pleasing goals on Saturday and there were some good performances.

“To be fair all the players have done well in the four games so far but we can only pick 11 players to start the first league game so it will leave Chris, Darren and myself with a bit of headache, but a nice one. We will just have to try and keep everyone happy.

“At the moment the boys are so confident and everyone is enjoying it.

“There is a real buzz around the place. Perhaps we need to go a goal behind and see what the reaction is but winning is a good habit and gives confidence.

“I have told them when they are stepping on to the pitch they have got to have the confidence to be expecting to win every game without being arrogant. “

“We will need a squad of 17 players if we are to be successful this season. Games come thick and fast at the start of the season and you are always likely to pick up the odd injury so someone will always be getting a chance.”

Wisbech already have two players on the sidelines with Paul Cousins (foot) and Scott Johnson (hamstring.)

Cousins was expected to play against PNS, who have signed former Fenman Sam Murphy, but Johnson will be given until perhaps Saturday to recover.

Wisbech are in action again tomorrow night against Holbeach Utd.

Neal Spafford will miss that game but Appleby expects a full squad for the final friendly against Sileby Rangers at Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

Sileby are managed by Glen Botterill, who took Long Buckby to the UCL title pipping King’s Lynn last season, before quitting in the summer.