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Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley paid tribute to the club's supporter's after an unlucky 4-3 home defeat to title chasing Belper Town this afternoon.

The home fans have appreciated the fight Wisbech have displayed in the last few home league games and got behind their team.

Whaley said: "The crowd were brilliant today, they made loads of noise and when we really needed them, they spurred us on. They have always said here if they see a side working, trying hard and putting a shift in together, they will back us.

Fenmen boss Brett Whaley and assistant Chris Lenton
Fenmen boss Brett Whaley and assistant Chris Lenton

"They know the difficulties in attracting players here with the budgets we are competing against and our location and we are in for a fight but if they pay their money they want to see players put their bodies on the line and the lads have done that recently.

"It's disappointing when you put a lot in a game and lose 4-3 because it could have been the other way. You saw how desperately Belper were hanging on towards the end. They're up the top but they had to really scrap.

"Their two first half goals saw the ball drop to them favourably and they took their chances, but at 2-2 we made a bad mistake for the penalty. A few times this season we haven't had it in us to fight back after going behind, but today we did that, so when we got it back to 3-3, we had a chance to win.

Fenmen boss Brett Whaley and assistant Chris Lenton
Fenmen boss Brett Whaley and assistant Chris Lenton

"But the emotion got to us, we gave away a free kick and conceded to a good header. If we had settled down we may have got a point, or they would have left spaces and we could have gone on and won.

"We wanted to back up last week's performance with more points on the board but I could not question work rate and effort."

Wisbech travel to 11th placed Sporting Khalsa next Saturday, and the manager added: "They are in and around that mid-table area and then we are away to Ilkeston, the league leaders, so we do need to go to Khalsa and get something, but I do believe if we show the qualities we have shown in the last two games, then we will get something out of it.

"This division is taking shape and for us it is about being competitive and when we are playing bottom half sides we must maintain that effort and gets points from them."

Whaley revealed that three players have quit the Fenmen this week, but he hopes that a striker will be coming in.

" I was really disappointed to lose Eoin McQuaid.He's been unlucky with not getting the game time but he's been brilliant. In a really physical league, we've just not managed to get him on the ball.

"It has been a pleasure to work with him and whoever he joins will get a very good player. Flo Tsaguim and Ben Richards have also left.

"Although Richards has gone, we feel well stocked defensively, and in midfield we have good options, but we need something more at the top end of the pitch.

"Dylan Edge and Toby Allen are still delivering but Avi Vieira is injured and we need something a little bit different alongside them, so we have put in a couple of approaches for a striker."

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