Appleby wants fixture re-think

Felixstowe v Wisbech pitch inspection
Felixstowe v Wisbech pitch inspection

WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby is hoping the Ridgeons League will think again after Saturday’s postponed trip to Felixstowe has been rearranged for a midweek game on Tuesday, March 20.

The game was called off on Saturday morning due to a frozen pitch and Appleby commented: “It is very frustrating because after the Vase defeat you just want to get back into league action as soon as possible.

“When the game was in doubt on Friday my first thought about it was when will it be played.

“At our level I just hoped the league see a way to playing the game on a Saturday with so much travelling involved.

“It is one of our longest trips and players would almost lose a whole day’s work to make the trip. We will ask the league if they can come up with a Saturday date.”

At the moment Wisbech have a game every Saturday until the end of April so it seems unlikely that Appleby will get his wish for the 180-mile round trip.

Paul Cousins’ transfer from Wroxham was finally completed late on Friday afternoon and it is almost certain he would have had a starting role in place of Anthony Reeve who has a long standing groin injury.

Appleby added: “Reevo was quite happy to play again if Cousins’ transfer was not completed so it was good to give him a rest anyway.

“He is a real honest lad and has played three or four times through the pain barrier for us this season so I think he has earned a rest. Our physio Christian Hunns has looked at his injury and feels it should be referred to a doctor so we will see what happens.”

Cousins did not train with Wisbech last week because the transfer was not completed, but was expected at the Fenland Stadium last night. After Saturday’s game was off he even spent 40 minutes in a yoga session according to Twitter.

Appleby is also concerned about a fixture pile up. “We have had three games already rearranged because of the Vase and Yarmouth calling off and this is now a fourth. I think we had 10 games to play in less than five weeks at the end of last season and we can do without that again.

“It is always difficult to play catch up and better to have points on the board but we will just have to get on with it.

“We don’t want to suffer a hangover from the Vase because there’s still a lot to play for.

“We can take a lot of positives from our good run and we need to focus again starting this Saturday.”

Wisbech are at home to Diss this Saturday having beaten them 2-0 away back in September.

The Norfolk side are fifth from bottom at the moment so this is really a must win game for the Fenmen if their hopes of promotion are to remain intact.