WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby believes his side face their biggest test of the season when they travel to Brantham on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division.
And Appleby looks like being without striker Chris Bacon, who strained his shoulder ligament in Saturday’s cup win and returns to hospital today.
Brantham finished one place ahead of the Fenmen last season in third place and Appleby said: “They might not have started the season that well, but they were a very good side last season.
“I would expect them to be up near the top again this time and it is the biggest test so far for us.”
Appleby is hoping injuries to Bacon and Steven Reid on Saturday have not turned out to be as serious as first thought.
Appleby added: “It is just typical, I let two players go and then have Dubi Ogbonna injured and Darren Jimson away then you pick up two more injuries.
“Reid had a cut on his leg which looked bad with all the blood coming out, but it is not too serious and he was left with just a dead leg.
“But we will have to wait for more news on Bacon’s shoulder injury. At the moment he is doubtful for this week, but if he is going to be out for more than a week we may have to bring someone in.”
Ogbonna was at the game on Saturday and felt confident he will be available this Saturday after he injured his ankle scoring against Diss.
Appleby has revealed he had a “clear the air meeting” with his players before the midweek 6-0 win against Diss.
“I had to let the players know the situation with Reed and Mowbray leaving and sort one or two other things but what a reaction I got from them in the game.
“I now know we have a great squad of players who want to go out and win every game. They not only want to play for Wisbech and for me, but just as important they want to do it for each other as well and are very honest lads.
“With the first four goals coming from other players it was also a situation to remind Chris and Dubi that they could do better and I wanted more in the second half. They had both scored within 15 minutes of the half!”
There is little doubt that Appleby, Chris Dear and Jimson have a squad of players all singing from the same hymn sheet now and the great spirit among the squad is a big platform for success.
Appleby has also stated that two clubs have been tapping up Paul Cousins and unsettling his captain.
He also spoke with him on Tuesday and believes his defender is more than happy to stay with Wisbech and warned. “If the clubs persist in tapping him up I may have to take the matter further.”