Friend in Posh trial

Spalding Utd team photo at Halley Stewart Field' Tony Battersby,
Spalding Utd team photo at Halley Stewart Field' Tony Battersby,
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Wisbech Town FC teenage striker Jack Friend has been offered the chance of a dream trial with League One local side Peterborough United.

The 16-year-old joined the “Posh” Academy side for training on Friday and stayed overnight and played against Southend United on Saturday.

Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Jack Friend

Wisbech Town Football Club v Thetford match action'Jack Friend

The club said: “We wish Jack the best of luck and hope it goes well for him.”

He has impressed since making his senior team debut last season and scored a superb goal last week against Newport Pagnell.

Joint Wisbech boss Paul Cousins said he spoke with Posh Academy manager Dave Robertson, plus a former Fenman who is also coaching at Peterborough.

Cousins said: “Ian Pledger, who is now a goalkeeping coach at Peterborough, said he was interested in Jack.

“I said as far as I am concerned they can do what they want with him.

“Then Dave phoned me and we had a chat about Jack. They want to have a look at him and if they think he is good enough they will offer him a two-year scholarship. I spoke to Jack on Saturday and wished him good luck. Already the coaches are impressed with him.”

Following an approach from UCL Premier Division neighbours Yaxley, Ollie Gale on Monday decided to join them.

Wisbech have signed 38-year-old frontman Tony Battersby, who numbers Sheffield United, Notts County, Bury, Lincoln City and King’s Lynn among his former clubs.

Cousins said: “I went out and signed him on Friday night. He’ll be training on Tuesday and in the squad for Saturday against Cogenhoe.

“I heard in the week he had been released by Spalding and I never dreamed I’d be able to sign him. I have played against him and knew someone who had his phone number.

“He is an ideal signing. He is as good as or maybe even better than Chris Bacon (last season’s top scorer).

“Cogenhoe will be a tough game as they are doing well.