Wisbech Town 1
Soham Town Rangers 1
A decent three-figure crowd watched Wisbech kick-off their pre-season schedule with a draw on Saturday at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
Home keeper Chris Horton saved a penalty in the first half and soon afterwards Wisbech themselves scored with a spot-kick via Nick Davey.
Horton, who had a good game, was caught off his line for Soham’s equaliser five minutes into the second half when the Greens netted through former March Town player Denny Escorcio.
Fenmen manager Steve Appleby was pleased with the opening fixture.
He said: “It was a really useful workout. Soham are a good side and it has been a good, competitive game.
“It has given everybody a good blow-out.
“There were good performances in the game, there was a lot of hard work and it’s one under our belt.
“There were no injuries picked up, everyone was fine.
“At this stage of the campaign you want to slowly build up with the match fitness.
“Some players will get 45 minutes, some will get 70 and some will get a full game.”
Appleby would maybe have considered adding former wide player Jordan Yong to his squad, but the the full-back has just signed for local rivals King’s Lynn after being on trial at The Walks.
Appleby said: “I would like to have had a look at him. I enquired about his availability but he said he was looking at King’s Lynn, and now he’s signed for them.”
For last night’s derby friendly at March Town United, Appleby had Anthony Reeve and Scott Johnson back, while Ollie Gale, Paul Jones and Davey were unavailable.
Appleby said for both this fixture and Saturday’s friendly at home to Holbeach Utd (3pm) he would try a few different options.