Bringing in the Bacon

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Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby is very hopeful that former King’s Lynn striker Chris Bacon will join the club this week.

Appleby moved for the 27-year-old last week after Ash Stevens showed some reluctance to commit to the Fenmen.

Bacon played 45 minutes against Swineshead Institute last Thursday and was due to play again against Boston United last night.

Appleby said: “Bacon is just the right player we need for the squad. He enjoyed playing for us last week and I was impressed.

“He can score goals and also takes a lot of weight off Nick Davey and Liam Nimmo. He can play as a target man and also deeper. If he comes, and I think he will, I will be happy with the squad to start the season.”

Bacon rejoined Lynn for a second spell last November after returning from playing in Australia. He notched 10 goals in 26 appearances before being released at the end of the season.

Wisbech rattled up nine goals against Swineshead Institute last Thursday but scored just a 1-0 win against Peterborough League side Pinchbeck on Saturday at the Fenland Stadium.

On paper that does not look a good result but Appleby was happy enough.

He said: “We had Paul Jones, Lewis Thompson and Anthony Reeve missing but it gave us the chance to have a look at lot of other players. Just like last Thursday it was another good work out for us.

“Although we scored nine against Swineshead they made a real game of it. It was only 1-0 at half-time and 3-0 after an hour. But our fitness levels kicked in and they tired. It was good for the confidence and got us nearer the mark.

“We have three games this week against Boston, Blackstones and Spalding to put us spot on for the start of the season.

“At the moment Ollie Gale and Sam Murphy have outshone some of the more senior players in the squad. One or two need to get sharper and one or two need to up their game in the next week.”

Gale scored a hat-trick against Swineshead last week and also snatched a second half winner on Saturday against Pinchbeck.

Murphy also has two goals to his credit while Simon Jones, Sam Darlow and Sam Cubberley also earned praise for their performances against Pinchbeck.

Steve Reid, signed from Chatteris, has settled in well at his new club and has also impressed the manager.

It would also seem that Stevens has played his last game for the club.

The striker played for Holbeach last week, and Spalding are showing interest too, and Appleby said: “As far as I am concerned he has gone. He signed for the club again but I want players who are fully committed and I am not sure he was.”