Wembley dream is still a reality

FA VASE 4th Round - Wisbech Town (red) vs Dunston UTS Wisbech celebrate their second goal to draw the match
FA VASE 4th Round - Wisbech Town (red) vs Dunston UTS Wisbech celebrate their second goal to draw the match

STEVE Appleby (pictured) firmly believes the dream of a Wembley appearance in the FA Vase final is still a reality as Wisbech Town make the 420-mile round trip to Tyneside this weekend for a fourth-round replay with Dunston UTS.

The Fenmen boss feels his side have a very good chance of reaching a fifth round home tie against Bethnal Green United next month despite missing the chance to win the game at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday.

Wisbech town manager Steve Appleby

Wisbech town manager Steve Appleby

Sloppy defending at set pieces in the 2-2 draw after extra time cost Wisbech, who had scored two very good goals against the Northern league side.

Stacy Cartwright misses the replay, but Appleby will have midfielder Callum Reed available again after a two-game ban, providing last night’s cup game with Haverhill went ahead.

“It is a shame for Stacy, but it will be a bonus to have Callum.

“We scored two very good goals on Saturday but gave away two goals poorly. We defend as a team and you can’t blame Ryan for not winning two crosses but perhaps he could have done better for the second goal.”

Goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace, signed from Skegness last week, will again be in the squad for Saturday’s game.

Matt Lunn did not get too involved in the game until the second half but scored a fantastic equaliser and from then on began to trouble the Dunston defence.

Appleby said: “Matt’s one of those frustrating players, but he’s a match winner and capable of scoring goals like he did on Saturday. We need to get him into the game more at Dunston.

“We know it will be tough up on their own ground and we will definitely need our tin hats on. I think they underestimated us a bit and got quite a shock. But I did not see too much from them to worry us unduly. I don’t see any reason then why we cant finish the job.

“To have a home draw in the next round if we win is a big carrot to dangle and a real incentive.”

l Bookies Ladbrokes make Wisbech 6-1 to win in 90 minutes at Dunston, who are 1-3 favourites. The club are taking bookings for a second coach to the game.