Edey still upbeat as nine players leave

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Wisbech Town Reserves manager Darren Edey is certainly not going to panic after losing as many as nine players from last season’s squad.

It was disappointing for Edey that the team did not gain promotion to the Cambs Premier Division but they still finished the season with a trophy by taking the William Cockell Cup final.

Edey returned from holiday at the end of last week and, looking forward to the new season, commented: “I did not think the squad was professional enough in their attitude last season.

“It was all right when we were beating the lesser teams 6-0 but when we came up against the better sides we did not really compete with them.

“I would like to gain promotion but the real thing for the reserves is to bring young players through to push for the first team.

“Last season we achieved that with Sam Murphy and Ollie Gale. Adam Drew and Sam Cubberley could be two more this season.

“I want a blend of experience and young players.

“Mark Jimson and Richard Harnwell will both play and help me and I hope to bring in another couple of ex-Wisbech players as well.

“I am sure we will still have a competitive squad for this season.

“A lot of people are talking about our games against Wisbech St Mary this season, but the pressure is on them as they are the first team and we are just a reserve side.”

When asked about the reserves players moving on first team boss Steve Appleby commented: “They do not show much ambition when they leave a club like Wisbech for a village team.”