TWO preseason wins have given Wisbech Town the benchmark to work to, says boss Steve Appleby.
The manager said his squad will have to maintain those standards – highlighted by the 4-1 weekend derby demolition of King’s Lynn – if they want Thurlow Nunn silverware in the coming campaign after finishing fourth for two years running.
He said about the result and performance at The Walks: “You’ve set the standard – now you’ve got to go on.”
To win the league the Fenmen will need the same results against the “spit and sawdust teams where there is one man and a dog.”
Appleby commented: “That’s where leagues are won, not just at places like this. The league is going to be open. With the likes of Leiston, Needham and now Wroxham taking the plunge I think it is there for grabs.
“This year I have got a better feeling. The squad needed a bit of tinkering over the summer and it is so far, so good. It looks like we can push on.”
With strikers (Dubi Ogbonna and Chris Bacon) and new signings (Ogbonna again and Rogan McGeorge) encouragingly off the mark, Appleby said: “We’ve got competition for places now with Simon Mowbray coming on up front in the second half.
“If you want to win leagues, which we are trying to do, then you’ve got to push and push and not have a guaranteed shirt.”
He said the Lynn game was “the nearest you are going to get to a league or a cup match. You know at least it will be an intense game with fast pace.
“It was a big boost for the lads. In one sense it shows we can compete and that we are a good side and we get to prove it in big games.
“Although it is just a friendly we were up against a fantastic club and some very good players. It was good to see the lads rise to the challenge and it shows they can do it.”
Scott Johnson, Anthony Reeve and Callum Reed returned for last night’s (Tuesday) friendly away to Spalding while Matt Lunn is back for Saturday’s derby game at March Town United. Next Tuesday Wisbech host Peterborough Northern Star.
“Our goal is the first league game so we will be juggling things around,” Appleby added.