Joint Wisbech Town boss Scott Johnson is looking to go one better in the FA Vase after have been knocked out at the fourth round stage for the past two years.
However following Saturday’s 1-0 win at Walsall Wood, the Fenmen had yet another tough draw at Ashington AFC on Saturday, January 18. The Northumberland side play in the Northern League.
Johnson said: “We haven’t got past the fourth round. It would be nice to try and get through it.”
The switch in fixture, made due to Spalding United’s expulsion from the competition due to fielding an ineligible player in the previous round versus Walsall, caused many team problems.
Joint manager Paul Cousins – suspended as a player – could not attend the tie while ’keeper Lea Jordan was cup-tied. Former boss Dick Creasey took charge at short notice in the dugout.
“It made it a very hectic week with people like Cousi not available while I had to drive myself to the game. At the time we obviously thought it was a good thing because Spalding would have been a tough game,” added Johnson.
“But as the week went on we had a goalkeeping problem, then Cousi was struggling due to work. I felt we were getting screwed over and we’d done nothing wrong.”
Forward Tony Battersby is this week due to have an X-ray on an old foot injury.
Johnson added: “He gets a problem with it every now and again. He’s having it checked as he might have a foreign body floating about and to make sure there’s not a chipped bone.”
Johnson said of centre-half Jon Fairweather after his farewell game: “He’s a good lad and he played well. We’ll miss him.
“It’s an ongoing thing with a replacement. We know we’re short of defenders and we’re looking at it.”
Next for seventh-spot Wisbech in the UCL Premier is on Saturday away at 16th place Stewarts & Lloyds Corby and on Tuesday at Sleaford Town, who are in 14th. Cousins returns from suspension.