Whaley bags manager award after Wisbech Town beat table-toppers

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Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley wants his players to extend their unbeaten run to eight matches at Sleaford tonight (Wednesday).

On Saturday, the in-form Fenmen produced the performance of the day in the United Counties League Premier by toppling title fancies Leicester Nirvana on their own patch.

Wisbech scored twice in the opening 22 minutes through Billy Smith and Ross Watson and held on for a 2-1 win after their hosts replied through a 70th-minute penalty.

Whaley, who has won the UCL ‘Manager of the Month’ award, said: “We want to keep closing the gap on the sides at the top of the table and our form is improving.

“The most important thing is that we come home from Sleaford having extended our run to nine games.”

Stuart Cobb, Robert Hughes and Scott Johnson are all set to miss the trip to Lincolnshire for Wisbech, who then host Kirby Muxloe on Saturday.

Whaley believes his side are now beginning to finally show their potential after a disappointing start to the campaign.

“Leicester Nirvana were top of the league, but we’ve shown our potential and are starting to progress.

“We looked like a team. We defended well and worked hard all over the pitch.

“Every week there are signs that we are getting there, but we know we’ve still got quite a way to go to get us where we want to be.

“Saturday was a big result for us as a group and we really deserved it.”

A new game plan worked wonders for Wisbech, who now haven’t tasted defeat since the middle of January

“Leicester Nirvana are the best footballing side in the league and have a lot of players who can hurt you.

“But on that surface they were always going to struggle. We got it in to our forwards as quickly as we could and built off them. We were so good on the counter-attack. We got the ball into Frewy (Michael Frew) and Beauy (Danny Beaumont) and it stuck and Billy Smith’s movement off the ball has caused them a lot of problems.

“I don’t think it was a penalty for them, but I think he has given it because he missed other fouls in the game.”