Wisbech boss Whaley takes positives out of defeat but rues mistakes
There were positives to be found in defeat for Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley this afternoon as, mistakes aside, the Fenmen competed well against promotion-challenging Carlton Town.
After a horrible two months of injuries, unavailability and Covid absences, the squad is taking shape again and it showed against The Millers.
Whaley said: "We were competitive against a top three team but at this level you've also got to be good at both ends and that's what's killing us at the minute.
"Last week we didn't make a mistake and we kept a clean sheet. Today, three individual errors led to three goals, which is disappointing as, if you take them out of the game, we might well have nicked a point.
"When we got down the other end we had chances but we just weren't clinical enough. That final pass or attempt on goal was not good enough and at this level you have to be good at both ends for 90 minutes.
"Yes, the new boys have done well, but as a side we are looking better too. We had a squad to pick from today which meant we could make changes at half time.
"There are also players coming back, which gives us more options and means that players are around who want the shirt of those players making mistakes – and eventually they have to be better in those areas or they lose their place, so that's good for competition.
"I've said all season that once we have a full squad to pick from,we can be competitive in this league and we are now starting to show that. There are still improvements to be made but the group I have are good enough, they just have to learn that errors are punished at this level and chances need taking.
"The boys worked really hard this week in training and they know now that if we cut mistakes out and are more clinical up top, we will be on the better end of results. "
Whaley said central defender Ben Richards is unlikely to be fit for Tuesday's home game with Loughborough Dynamo but should be okay for the visit to league leaders Halesowen Town next Saturday, where influential midfielder Sam Murphy could also feature.
Combative defender/midfielder Jack Keeble will go out on loan next Saturday to get some match fitness, King's Lynn Town loan midfielder Joe Gascoigne will be available after coming out of Covid-19 isolation and fellow midfielder Layton Maddison will soon start training after a groin strain.
Striker Dylan Edge will be available on Tuesday after turning out for Anglian Combination Premier Division leaders Heacham today to get some match fitness after an ankle injury.