YAXLEY boss Brett Whaley came close to dumping Wisbech Town out of the FA cup last season when he was in charge of March and is hopeful his new team can pick up a good result at the Fenland Stadium on Saturday.
In the preliminary round last season March Town held Wisbech to a 1-1 draw at home in front of a 1,109 crowd before Wisbech won the replay 3-2 with another 830 present.
“They were fantastic games to be involved in and real money-spinners for the clubs. I think March gave them a run for their money in both games and several of the March players in action that day will be playing for Yaxley this time,” said Whaley who took over at Yaxley in the summer.
Luke Pepper, Ash Brand, Gav Cooke, Marc Welcher, Adam Rothery and Dan Jenkins all played in the March team then and will be back to face Wisbech again on Saturday plus two more ex-March players Kyle Nolan and goalkeeper Aaron Butcher. Ironically Tom Roberts who played in goal for March on loan in both those games has since joined Wisbech.
Brand has caused problems for Wisbech in local derbies in the past and it was his appearance on the pitch early in the second half in Yaxley’s cup replay against Northampton Spencer that changed the game.
Brand came on as a substitute and scored twice in three minutes to put Yaxley into a 2-1 lead after they had trailed 1-0 at the break. In that sort of form Wisbech will have to watch out for him again.
Whaley added: “Wisbech will obviously start favourites but it will be good to see how far we have come.
“But we will need to be at our best against Wisbech and if we are then I am sure we can give them a good game and capable of getting a good result. I watched them play Peterborough Northern Star preseason and I think they are even stronger than last season, but hopefully our younger players have made progress too.”