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Wisbech Town have signed Luke Wilson from Holbeach United ahead of an FA Trophy tie with Bury Town

Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley believes the signing of central defender Luke Wilson could help his side to push up the league table.

Wilson has joined the Fenmen on a permanent basis from Holbeach United after originally singing a dual-registration deal.

And Whaley thinks the partnership he will renew with fellow defender Jon Fairweather could provide Wisbech with the backbone they need to get more points on the board in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Luke Wilson in action for Holbeach United last season (51929584)
Luke Wilson in action for Holbeach United last season (51929584)

“I think the key is that he has a partnership already with Jon Fairweather,” he said.

“They played together a lot for a long time, and we’ve been in a situation where we’ve been chopping and changing players throughout the season.

“The issue that brings is that no relationships are built, and he has that relationship already.

Brett Whaley is looking forward to a break from league action
Brett Whaley is looking forward to a break from league action

“He knows the football club, he knows the level, he knows what’s expected of him and he’s an out-and-out defender.

“We haven’t been conceding loads of goals, but we do need to tighten up at the back. To start getting clean sheets, we need better options. We’ve been short of centre backs all season.

“Realistically you want four centre-backs, and with Luke coming in we’ve got that now.”

Wilson has joined up with the Fenmen ahead of an FA Trophy match-up against Bury Town this Saturday, who play in the Isthmian League North Division.

Whaley is looking forward to a pause in league action.

“It’s nice to have a break from that pressure,” he told The Citizen.

“The FA Trophy obviously isn’t a trophy that we’re going to aim to win, so it gives us a bit of a free hit when we play at Step 4.

“We’d love to progress because we love winning football matches. It’s something for us to look forward to.

“It’s a one-off game, so I’m hoping that means the boys go into it with a bit of pressure off.”

The Fenmen were beaten 2-0 in the league by Halesowen Town last Saturday.

“It’s never nice to lose, and we put up a fight. They’re a really good side,” Whaley said.

“I would say they dominated possession, but we defended really well as a unit and limited their chances apart from the two goals.

“On a different day, it could have gone another way.”

Wisbech Town vs Halesowen Town: Pearson, Hart, McLeish, Palacios, Marshall, Richards, Draper, Chingoka (McQuaid), Edge, Tsaguim (Murphy), Adams (Thompson)

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