Fenmen sign keeper cover

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WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby acted quickly to avert a goalkeeping crisis by signing Ricky Lovelace as cover for his injured pair Lea Jordan and Tom Roberts.

Lovelace, who played for the Fenmen last season but has been sidelined before now with an injured shoulder, came into the club this week in time for two fixtures.

Last night Wisbech had a Red Insure League Cup home derby tie with March Town and on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division they entertain Stanway Rovers.

Lovelace is on Boston Town’s books and signed dual registration forms.

Appleby said of the stopper: “Ricky knows the lads and the lads know him. He played for us last year until he injured his shoulder.

“He has been playing cricket until now.”

The Wisbech boss needed a keeper urgently as a short-term replacement as fifth place Stanway have a reputation as a big, robust side.

Jordan picked up a second injury during Saturday’s win at Gorleston and is set to be out for two weeks. His deputy Roberts has his leg in plaster with a fractured ankle and is sidelined for a month.

Appleby said: “Lea was carrying an injury which made his kicking difficult, but his movement was fine.

“He made a save in the first couple of minutes and hurt something down on his leg. He’ll be out for a couple of weeks.

“There were two or three people that we were looking at.”

Defender Stacy Cartwright will miss the next month after having his nose re-set yesterday.

Appleby explained: “Stacy broke his nose last year. He had it re-set and there were complications.

“Hopefully we’ll be OK. We have a decent squad and there are people waiting for their chances. Paul Cousins is fit now as well so we shouldn’t need another player.”