Fenmen forge Billy Smith deal

Wisbech Town FC Team and Players August  2008''Billy Smith (left)''Danny Jezeph (right)
Wisbech Town FC Team and Players August 2008''Billy Smith (left)''Danny Jezeph (right)

Forward Billy Smith has returned to Wisbech Town FC who have been searching for a replacement for Australia-bound Tom James.

Wisbech joint boss Dick Creasey said: “He is a similar lad to TJ (James) in everything – I said they could be twins.

“He’s sharp and can score goals. He can play off the left shoulder of the defender, or he can play on the wing.”

Smith signed from UCL Premier rivals Peterborough Northern Star (PNS) and would have played at the weekend but he was attending a wedding.

Creasey added: “He was at the club under Apps (Steve Appleby). He played under me once or twice when I was caretaker manager. For one reason or another he went, had a season or two at Deeping, then at PNS.

“We want more local lads playing, and he’s from Wisbech St Mary.”

Good news on another forward as Stuart Cobb’s knee injury isn’t as quite as bad as first thought.

Creasey commented: “We thought it was a medial ligament injury at first. It’s settled down quite well since then. There is a little bit of hope that he will be involved against Deeping.

“He’s feeling a bit better with each day and with a ten-day rest there’s a chance he could play soon.”

Cobb had recently returned to the club and it was feared he would miss the rest of the season when he hobbled off after just six minutes of last week’s midweek home game versus Wellingborough.

Creasey added: “That may be it on the signings.

“Kieran Doherty is available again after his suspension, while Yakka (Scott Johnson) was away at a Christening, so hopefully all four (Smith, Cobb, Doherty and Johnson) will return at home to Deeping.”

The eighth place Fenmen, who have no fixture next weekend, will want to avoid becoming April Fools on Tuesday (April 1) in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. They host fourth place Deeping Rangers.