fenmen set sights on promotion

Wisbech Town Stacy Cartwright
Wisbech Town Stacy Cartwright

Wisbech Town FC’s Thurlow Nunn League title hopes have gone, but manager Steve Appleby wants as many points as possible from the remaining three games to seal the second place promotion spot.

The Fenmen last night (Tuesday) travelled to champions-elect Dereham, on Saturday host Brantham and on Tuesday entertain Felixstowe.

Stacy Cartwright was a doubt for last night, but may be fit for next weekend. Chris Bacon should have recovered from illness.

Appleby said he wanted a good showing against Dereham: “If they win or get a point from it then they will be presented with the trophy. The last thing we want is that to be shoved in our faces.”

He added about the squad’s tasks: “One: we’ve got to get as many points as possible; and two: the players are fighting for a league cup final shirt.”

The club stated about last week’s fans’ forum: “The main question was if we don’t achieve promotion, what league we will be in next season? Basically, the answer was ‘don’t know’, but a show of hands from those present indicated that a move to the UCL was slightly favoured over staying in the Thurlow Nunn League.

“The question was then put: ‘Should the club take promotion if we finish in an eligible position?’ The show of hands was an almost unanimous ‘yes’.

“(Chairman) Barry (Carter) said that the decision on what the playing budget will be next season has yet to be made, but it will certainly be no higher than this season and could possibly be lower, regardless of which level we might be playing at.”

Appleby’s opinion on promotion is: “The club want to go up but I don’t think the finances will allow it, budget-wise and travel-wise.

“We still need second place to have that choice. We’ve still got to do that job on the pitch.”