WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby was in a confident mood going into last night’s FA Cup with Budweiser first qualifying round replay at Kettering following the goalless draw at the weekend.
The winners meet another of Appleby’s ex-clubs, Boston United, of the <<>>>>>>>> in the second qualifying round on September 22 with £4,500 at stake.
Appleby is happy to get another crack at the Poppies: “We’ve shown we can match a side at any level. One thing was I tried to make the lads believe in themselves.
“I believe we can go there in a positive frame of mind, seeing as we stood up and took the fight to Kettering.”
Wisbech had signed striker Dubi Ogbonna’s brother Toby after making a seven-day approach to Haverhill just in time for Saturday’s tie at the Fenland Stadium and he took a place on the bench.
Appleby added: “We might tinker with it a bit and think about how we’re going to play. The fact Toby’s a young lad and he has only got to know the lads, I think he won’t start but he will be on the bench.
“They are two good clubs and two great sets of fans, and both chairmen must be happy with another game.”
Appleby played one season, 1991-92, at Kettering following a move from Bourne Town, but the Poppies did not figure in his pre-match talk.
“I just said to the boys – please stand up and be counted and just show what good players you are, and everybody has done that.”
On Saturday Wisbech resume Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action at Kirkley and in the league they stand in a handy fifth place despite their cup exploits.