Fenmen are facing a tricky trip in Vase

WISBECH Town have been drawn away to Midland Combination team Racing Club Warwick in the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday November 19.

Manager Steve Appleby commented: “It is not the draw I would have liked, but we will just have to get on with it.

“We will try and get someone to have a look at them in action before we play them, but really it will be our performance on the day that will count.”

Wisbech, who play at a higher level, should have a good chance of picking up the £1,200 prize for victory as the Warwick side have taken just 10 points from nine games in the Premier Division this season after finishing bottom last season.

They did however claim an impressive 4-0 win at Stratford Town in the first round on Saturday. King’s Lynn beat Stratford 3-2 in the FA Cup earlier this month.

Wisbech and Racing Club met four times in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons when they were in the Southern League Midland Division. Wisbech won 3-1 and drew 2-2 in the first season and beat them 4-0 and 3-0 in the second season.

Among Racing Club’s most famous former players is former England keeper Ben Foster now at West Brom.

Former Wisbech skipper Paul Cousins could well be back at the Fenland Stadium later this season after quitting Soham Town Rangers at the end of last week to join Wroxham.

He played in their 1-0 FA Vase defeat against Mildenhall on Saturday.

There is little doubt that Appleby would have liked Cousins back at Wisbech, but the circumstances of the Lynn sacking made that impossible and a return to Wisbech later in the season is now unlikely also.

Wisbech play at Wroxham on New Year’s Eve, but the home game has yet to be rearranged.

Another former Wisbech player Lea Jordan walked out on March Town last week, but he will not be returning to the Wisbech ranks either.

Appleby put that to bed on Saturday when he said: “Lea spoke with me earlier in the season but Ryan Rayner is doing a good job for us at the moment and I will not be looking to sign Lea.”

The Fenmen face a tough away game against third placed Norwich United on Saturday

But for once Appleby should have a full squad of players to choose from with Matt Lunn and Anthony Reeve available after missing the Walsham win.

Appleby said: “It is a nice position to be in but does come with its headaches when you have to pick the starting line-up.

“We have to go there looking for three points especially when we keep having breaks from league games because of cup games. Although they have done well this season they have also been inconsistent and lost to Wivenhoe on Saturday.”