Wisbech Town’s management team insist the side can shrug off last weekend’s disappointing FA Cup exit and bounce back as the Fenmen face arguably the toughest week of their 2011/12 season when they travel to two title rivals.
The Fenmen went to Mildenhall Town last night and go to Dereham Town on Saturday in the Ridgeons League Premier.
Boss Steve Appleby expects just Callum Reed, Anthony Reeve and Chris Bacon to return, which means skipper Scott Johnson and Stacy Cartwright remain sidelined.
Appleby said: “In football you have to bounce back quickly – it’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves. We’re still in a good position and there’s a lot of football to be played.”
Referring to the injury-hit side’s 4-1 defeat to Wroxham he added: “If you’re not at full strength it’s likely they’ll do what they did to us.
“Players being out like Scott and Stacy would be big players in any team. The boys have now got to show some character. It’s a big chance to put wrongs right.”
Bearing in mind Mildenhall and Dereham lost at the weekend in the league while Wisbech and Wroxham were on cup duty, and that the Fenmen have got a lot of experienced players to return, Town’s assistant boss Chris Dear said on Saturday: “We’ve got two tough games this week but there’s no reason why we can’t go there and turn it around.
“If you look at the season as a whole barring today we’ve won ten games and lost two including cups.
“It’s not panic stations. We just need to make sure we’re around the top four at Christmas in the league and we can look to kick on, although performances like today certainly wouldn’t allow us to do that.
“We’ve got players that can perform to the levels I can expect, and although Saturday wasn’t at the levels I expect I know we’ve got players at the club who can do that.
“Apps and I have got some big decisions to make and we will probably have to go with our heads rather than our hearts.”