Wisbech Town FC go into their final pre-season friendly on Saturday at last year’s league champions Spalding United.
If Wisbech are to harbour any title ambitions in the forthcoming UCL campaign then the weekend game against their hosts – who ran away with the 2013/14 title – would provide a useful marker.
The Fenmen last night (Tuesday) hosted Mildenhall Town at the Elgoods Stadium.
Wisbech boss Dick Creasey said: “Spalding will be a real test for us. Without doubt they walked the UCL.
“Then we will have a week to prepare ourselves, ready to start the following Saturday.
“You always work on a six-week period. In general we’re okay. The later period of friendlies is the more realistic because players get fitter and you want to play teams that are similar to you.
“I don’t think we shout out when we win a pre-season friendly and we’re not too disappointed when we lose one. No points are won or lost.
“Mildenhall will be a good test as they are a step five club like us. They’re always a decent side.”
Creasey is not ruling out adding to the squad – particularly as he faces losing Callum Reed to a three-game ban at the beginning of the season.
The winger was dismissed following a late tackle in the game against local rivals King’s Lynn at the weekend, which sparked a huge melee involving both sets of players. David Bell saw red for the Linnets.
Creasey said: “We’re always looking to improve. I wouldn’t rule out anybody else coming in.” On Reed’s red card he added: “We believe the referee will put it in. With that and school holidays coming up we might need one or two bodies in.”