LOCAL rivals Wisbech Town and King’s Lynn Town are to clash in a preseason friendly after all.
The game will take place at The Walks on Saturday, July 14.
Wisbech boss Steve Appleby had asked for a preseason friendly earlier this summer but the offer was declined at the time by Lynn’s Gary Setchell, who however did indicate that he would like a match between the two clubs later in the season.
Lynn were due to play St Neots on July 14 but this game has now been called off and they offered Wisbech the chance to play on this date.
Appleby said: “The game will be good for the area and there is nothing wrong with a good, healthy rivalry between the two clubs.
“It is sure to bring a big crowd and Lynn will be coming to us before the start of the 2013/14 season.”
Wisbech were due to play Sleaford on Friday, July 13 but this game is now likely to be brought forward to the Thursday
Wisbech-born Lewis Thompson is to sign for Ely City for the coming season but is hoping he will return one day to play for Wisbech Town again.
The 21-year-old midfielder has been at Wisbech for the last seven seasons but admitted: “I really did not enjoy last season and just want to fall in love with football again.
“I have been to Ely training and am impressed with what their manager has had to say and I wanted to stay playing at Premier Division level.
“I also trained with March a couple of times but just felt it was not right for me at this time although they are a club moving in the right direction.
“It was a hard decision to leave Wisbech but I want to play regular first team football and hopefully I will get that chance at Ely. I need to recharge my batteries but I want to come back to play for Wisbech again at some time.”
Thompson made just 33 appearances for the first team last season but only started 18 games and could not claim a regular starting spot in front of Steven Reid and Adam Millson in the centre of midfield.
Since making his debut in 2008, he made a total of 114 starts for the first team, with a further 59 appearances coming from the bench and scored 17 goals.
Wisbech boss Appleby said: “I fully understand his reasons for leaving and wanting a fresh challenge and regular football.
“We wish him well and I am sure we will see him again in a Wisbech shirt during his career at some point.”
Wisbech began training last night at the Fenland Stadium and Appleby was hoping to meet up with the striker and midfielder who have been playing at a higher level but are interested in joining Wisbech.
Appleby admitted he knew all about the midfielder but said: “The striker is someone Chris Dear has sorted out while I have been on holiday. They would be both good additions but are coming to have a look at us in training first and then we will see what happens.”
Appleby was also happy with the news that Wisbech will be playing March in the Red Insure League Cup this season.
“I like local derby games. They are good for the clubs and the fans and it is a game we can all look forward to.”