Wisbech Town will be looking to topple the Ridgeons Premier Division leaders Wroxham when the two sides clash at Trafford Park on Saturday (12.30pm).
Wroxham have already inflicted an FA Cup defeat on Wisbech this season, but the Fenmen not only had five players missing including top scorer Chris Bacon (pictured left) that day, but manager Steve Appleby was away at a wedding too.
Appleby said: “It will be a very good test for us. We were not at full strength for the cup game but whenever we have a full side out against them we have matched them.
“That was certainly the case in the Ridgeons League Cup final last season and it looks like being a very good game.”
Anthony Reeve and Ollie Gale who missed Monday’s game at Ely are available again but Stacy Cartwright, who was suspended then, will not be available after undergoing a nose operation earlier this month.
Appleby said: “Stacy hoped to be back, but was advised by the doctor not to play football for another two weeks last Thursday.”
Lewis Thompson, however, who was not expected to be back until into the New Year, came on for the last ten minutes in the Boxing Day defeat at Ely City and will be involved at some stage in the game.
Appleby had looked at bringing in a loan player over the holiday period but, after drawing a couple of blanks, decided to go with what he had got.
“Stamford Town were going to help out but I could not contact the player and time was running out.”
Wisbech trail Wroxham by 11 points at present, but do have three games in hand so if they are to have any chance of taking the title they really need to win.
Former Wisbech skipper Paul Cousins is expected to start for Wroxham.
Appleby’s side are in action again on Monday at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium when struggling Newmarket Town are the visitors (3pm).
The Fenmen recorded a fourth successive win over the Jockeys in two seasons when they won 5-2 away in August, but Appleby is taking nothing for granted.
“They may be struggling at the moment but they have always given us a game at the start and I do not suppose it will be any different this time,” said Appleby.
Skipper Scott Johnson will be available again after holiday and Appleby is hopeful striker Liam Nimmo will also be returning.