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Wisbech Town manager Leon Mettam was delighted to win his first competitive game as a manager today, but knows there's still plenty of work to do. (read the match report here)

Mettam took the job on only three weeks ago after the disappointing resignation of Allan Ross, and was only able to name himself and two reserves on the bench in today's victory over AFC Mansfield, who took advantage of the new five substitutions rule in the United Counties League.

He told me: "I'm elated with that win and it's a reward for the hard work we've put in. Less than three weeks ago I had one player, so all credit to the boys. The most pleasing thing is the clean sheet.

Fenmen boss Leon Mettam
Fenmen boss Leon Mettam

"I would have took a 0-0 three weeks ago and I would have taken it at half time too. But it's huge to win as it gives players and fans a lift. I know we need to be better, the boys know we need to be better, but if they show me they can get better, things won't need to be changed as drastically as we first thought."

Mettam came off the bench to score the late winner and added: "Of course I'm chuffed with my goal but I've been doing that for many years so I'm a lot more experienced than my young boys out there today.

"That's something that comes naturally to me. Being in the right place at the right time, holding the ball up and dragging the team up the pitch has always been my job and luckily I'm still able to do that at my ripe old age.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

"I told the boys they will get nothing for free in football and if they put the hard yards in they will get the rewards for it."

His team battled hard for the win and he said: "Kegan Everington was huge out there today, which was why I bought him to the club and made him captain. Chris Ward, who is a real leader, has committed this week after I've been on to him ever since I got the job, and did so well too.

"Kieran Hamilton dug in and did brilliantly, Kris Masiarz came in from the reserves and was so solid. But all the lads were leaders today, the reserve lads have been magnificent.

"However, we had me and two reserve players on the bench and that's where we're at. One result doesn't mask that.

Manager Leon Mettam observes before coming on
Manager Leon Mettam observes before coming on

"I will get the best out of these players if they give me the opportunity to do that by putting the hard work in. That's what I am good at."

On Wednesday, Wisbech travel to play Pinchbeck United, who play at Spalding United's ground and lost their opening fixture there 2-0 to Loughborough Students today.

Mettam said: "I know absolutely nothing about Pinchbeck but, as I said to the lads today, it's not about the other team, if we run further, run harder, tackle harder, keep the ball and make them work, we will win more games than we will lose.

Leon Mettam during his important 20 minute cameo
Leon Mettam during his important 20 minute cameo

"If we are flat to the boards from minute one to minute 95, it's all about what we do, not about what anyone else does.

Wisbech player manager Leon Mettam came on and scored the winning goal
Wisbech player manager Leon Mettam came on and scored the winning goal

"Slowly and surely, we will get there but I still don't think we'll have the squad I really want until Christmas. I cannot wave a wand and go back to Step 4, as much as we'd all like to.This level is huge itself, I'm new to it and this will be a slow process to get back there, and it might not be this season."



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