Stevens poised to leave Fenmen

Wisbech Town v Mildenhall match action
Wisbech Town v Mildenhall match action

WISBECH Town striker Ashley Stevens looks to be on the verge of leaving the club with UCL sides Blackstones and Holbeach plus Soham Town Rangers looking to sign him.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “We have not received any seven-day approaches from any club but Ash has asked to speak to me this week about his future.”

Stevens, a former Blackstones player, scored 13 goals for the club last season but was unable to hold down a regular starting place in the side. Appleby is moving quickly for a replacement and has an experienced striker lined up to play in a friendly on either Thursday or Saturday.

Neal Spafford and Stacy Cartwright should be fit to play again in Saturday’s rearranged friendly against Peterborough League side Pinchbeck at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.

Spafford and Cartwright both looked to have picked up nasty injuries in the local derby against March but fortunately Spafford only suffered bruised ribs and Cartwright muscle tissue bruising .

Appleby admitted: “It was a relief when I found out the state of the injuries because when I left the ground that night I thought both players would be out for some time.

“They should both be fit for Saturday and may even take some part in Thursday’s game away to Swineshead Institute, but we will see.

“I will be using a squad of 18 players for both games. Once we have played these two games I will have a clearer picture of the team make up. It was disappointing to lose against March, but sometimes you need something like that to make sure everyone is fully concentrated – a bit of a wake-up call.

“But there were positives from the game. We played some good football in the first half and Spafford showed he was just as comfortable in midfield as he is in defence. These games are all about getting ready for the start of the league season.”

Appleby was forced to call off last weekend’s scheduled friendly against Holbeach when he had as many as eight players unavailable and did not want to risk any further injuries.

Pinchbeck are managed by former Wisbech striker Ian Dunn and another former player Tom Gosling is also expected to play having completed his three-year ban for racially abusing a Felixstowe player while playing for the Fenmen. Dunn has also signed former Hull City and Sheffield United player Matt Hocking.

Wisbech are also in action against Boston United next Tuesday at home and UCL side Blackstones on Thursday night (7.45).