Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley prepares for Soham Town Rangers fixture in Northern Premier League Midlands Division
Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley says his side must treat every game like a cup final ahead of a crunch bottom-of-the-table clash on Bank Holiday Monday.
The Fenmen, who currently occupy 18th spot in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Midlands Division table, host basement boys Soham Town Rangers in what could be a pivotal fixture come the end of the season.
However, Whaley insists they need to go into every game with the right attitude at the moment.
“Obviously they are in and around us, so it is important,” he told The Citizen.
“Their confidence will be low, and we’ve been pretty good at home. So it is a big game.
“The thing is, and I’ve said this for a while, we can just look at those games and think they’re the ones where we are going to get out of trouble.
“I think we have to approach every game like it’s a cup final, and with this one there’s obviously a little more on it because we don’t want them to catch us.
“We want to stay ahead of them, we want to take advantage of the fact that they’re maybe low on confidence.
“I suppose the flip side of that is that they’ll look at us and think it’s an opportunity for them to turn round their form.
“At this level, every game of football is a big game of football. We maybe need to look at that a little bit more.
“I know we’ll be right up for it, and hopefully we can put in a performance like we have in our last few games at home.”
Wisbech go into the Soham game off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Coleshill Town, with Dylan Edge firing home in the 55th minute for the Fenmen.
Despite their opponents’ lofty league position, Whaley was disappointed with some aspects of his side’s performance and believes that on another day they could have taken something from the game.
“We were competitive for long periods, but we had a really poor 25 minute spell,” he said.
“We conceded three goals in that 25 minute spell, and at this level of football you can’t do that. You’re going to come up against these top sides and they’re up there for a reason.
“We can’t have those bad spells in games and concede goals in batches, because for the first 20 minutes of the second half we were really competitive.
“The problem is when you do have those bad spells, the good sides really punish you.
“That’s something we’ve got to accept. If you concede a goal, it’s really important that you don’t concede another one.
“If we’d gone into half-time at 2-0 and scored when under pressure, we might have nicked something.
“2-2 would have been a great result, so we just have to learn from these games. People keep saying they’re not the ones that are going to decide our season, but we need to get points from every game that we can.
“There are some positive signs coming out of it, but the reality is it’s another defeat and we’d wanted to back up the previous week’s win.”
Wisbech are far from cut off at the bottom of the table, and remain just a few points behind the likes of Daventry Town and Sutton Coldfield Town.
Wisbech Town vs Coleshill Town: Pearson, Hart, Marshall, Maddison, Keeble, Wilson, Warren (Robinson), Draper (Gascoigne), Edge, Lukyamuzi (McLeish), Bennett