Fixture frustration but Fenmen are in demand

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IT WAS another frustrating weekend for Wisbech Town manager Steve Appleby with another home game – against Histon Reserves – called off and he was also under siege from other clubs wanting his players.

United Counties League side Deeping Rangers, managed by former Fenman Tuncay Kormaz, put in seven days for striker Andy Furnell and there has been interest too in midfielder Callum Reed.

Appleby said: “Andy has turned down Deeping’s approach which is very good news but there have been two unofficial approaches for Callum as well. Callum is a very good player who has played at a higher level so it is not surprising that other clubs are interested in him.

“There have been no approaches to the club but you cannot stop clubs making these approaches to the players.

“I prefer to do it above board but it has been going on for years. Fortunately Callum is enjoying his football with us and can see what we are trying to achieve, but clubs will continue to chase him.”

It is believed Reed’s old club Stamford would like him back, too, but they are not one of the clubs that has made an illegal approach for his services.

Wisbech have now played only twice in the last seven weeks and although the fixtures are stacking up Appleby is not too concerned yet.

“It is frustrating when the games are called off on Saturdays when you have trained all week for it. We just want to play and try and get a run of results.

“We play Stanway away next week and they are not a bad side on their own ground.

“But really it will be down to us to go there in the right attitude and put in a good performance.”

Wisbech should find out who their Ridgeon League Cup quarter-final opponents will be after Great Yarmouth and Kirkley meet tonight.

Appleby added: “Both teams have been in good form this season and so it will not be easy whoever it is and I have no preference. All you can ask for is a home draw and we have that.”

The quarter-final tie is due to to be played next Tuesday night at the Tom Woods Beers Fenland Stadium.