Appleby: Title still on the cards for Fenmen

Wisbech V Kettering in FA cup action 'Steve Appleby
Wisbech V Kettering in FA cup action 'Steve Appleby

Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby said his side has “a great chance of winning” the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division title.

His side were at Diss last night (Tuesday), and this is followed by two home games: next Saturday against Hadleigh and on Tuesday versus Cambridge University Press in the Red Insure Cup semi-final. Appleby should have a full squad, with no suspensions or injuries.

Appleby (pictured) said on the title situation: “Apart from Dereham, teams have been dropping points. It’s Dereham’s to lose as they are in a strong position and they have already got the points.

“But we will keep fighting to the end and give it our best shot, and at the minute I fancy ourselves.

“I think people have forgotten about us and I think the title is up for grabs. We want to win it, no doubt about that, I’m just saying Dereham are in pole position.”

He believes the club is in its best position to win the league for years: “In the past we have always been chasing. We got fourth last season, but always we’ve been too far behind, points-wise.

“This year if we win our games then we have got a great chance of winning it.”

Because last Saturday’s game against Felixstowe & Walton United was postponed (the second home weekend call-off in a row) due to a waterlogged pitch. The Fenmen face an arduous run-in during the final two weeks of the season, including two games in one midweek.

Appleby added: “While there is something to play for and we keep winning, we can’t wait for the games to come. If you get injuries and start losing games then it becomes a problem.

“We are sitting pretty, and we just have to stay positive.”

It should be a tremendous finale as Wisbech meet Dereham and Brantham to end their campaign. The Felixstowe fixture will be re-arranged for a midweek slot in April, the date of which has yet to be confirmed.

On the second successive call-off, Appleby said: “It was very disappointing. There were puddles on the pitch, so we trained on the outside pitch.

“We’ve just got to crack on. Hopefully the league and other teams will be respectful of the amount of games we have to fit in.”