Fenmen boss sets target

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Wisbech boss Steve Appleby has set a target which his troops must reach if they harbour any hopes of catching Thurlow Nunn League title favourites Dereham Town.

Wisbech, second on goal difference, have just seven games to overhaul Dereham’s lead of seven points - a big ask, while they need second place to secure promotion. Appleby said his side requires three wins from their next three games - which are all at home.

The Fenmen hosted sixth-spot Mildenhall last night (Tuesday), basement side Clacton on Saturday and sixth from bottom Woodbridge next Tuesday. The Fenland Citizen is sponsoring the Woodbridge game.

Appleby said: “We will see what happens. There is no doubt that out of the next three games we need nine points, and we will see where we are from there.

“If we can’t win three home games then we don’t deserve to be league champions.

“Some will see that as putting pressure on us, but that is the cold reality of things. We hope to bounce back and show character.

“In the next couple of games I’ll do a couple of changes to make things fresh as the games are coming thick and fast.”

Young striker Jack Friend was unavailable last night, but otherwise Appleby is free of suspensions and injuries over the next week.