WISBECH Town will have to come up with a better set of results in their last 17 league games than last season if they aim to finish in the Ridgeons Premier Division’s top two at the end of the season.
Ironically the last 17 games this season again starts with an away trip to Great Yarmouth this weekend and certainly Steve Appleby will be desperate to improve on a 2-1 defeat 12 months ago.
It has been a disastrous season for the Bloaters who called off this fixture before Christmas when they could not raise a side and may have gone out of business but for a late injection of finance.
In the last 17 league games last season Wisbech won 10, lost three and drew four. But they were at their best in the final 10 games when they dropped just four points.
Appleby, who has this month completed two years in charge at Wisbech, still believes his side can make a challenge for promotion and he was buoyed with the news that the away trip to Felixstowe, that was initially rearranged for a midweek game, has now been switched to a Saturday, April 14.
He said: “That was great news for us. I am pleased that common sense had prevailed and it is a good thing all round.
“I’m reasonably happy with the job I have done so far.
“I remember saying when I first came to the club that it would probably take three years to get into the position we wanted to be and I feel we’re still on course.”
“We need to get started on a good run starting with Yarmouth away this week.
“We have a bit of a fixture backlog now, but sometimes that can work for you as well as against you.
“Last season we really gained momentum towards the end of the season to take us into fourth place and we need a very good run again this time.
“We do have a lot of games to play, but we have a decent sized squad which should allow me to rotate players around to avoid tiredness and compensate for injuries.”
Anthony Reeve serves a one-match ban on Saturday for his sending off at Dunston, but Appleby was unlikely to risk his defender anyway as he battles to overcome a long-standing groin injury.
Appleby said: “Reeve has aggravated the injury at work and needs to rest it, so with the last two games called off and now the ban things have worked out quite well as we have Paul Cousins back with us too.”
Appleby will also be calling up goalkeeper Ricky Lovelace for the next two midweek home games against Norwich United next Tuesday and Soham Town (28th) as Ryan Rayner is unavailable because of work commitments.