Hares eye a cup upset

Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed.
Wisbech Town first home league game of the season against Wivenhoe. Callum Reed.

MARCH Town skipper Luke Pepper feels his team are capable of causing an FA Cup upset in the Fenland derby against Wisbech Town on Saturday.

Pepper, who had one season with Wisbech five years ago, said: “The town has been buzzing all week about the game and I am sure there will be a big gate at the GER on Saturday.

Luke Pepper in action for March Town

Luke Pepper in action for March Town

“It will be a big financial boost for the club but as far as the players are concerned we are in it to win the game and I think we have a good chance.

“We did beat them in a pre-season friendly and I know they have signed three or four players since then but I think we are improving as a team as well.

“Brett Whaley has brought in a lot of players from Ramsey and they have done really well. Potentially we have the makings of a very good side. We did not play that well to beat Kirkley and if we put in a good performance on Saturday we must have a chance.”

Pepper has missed the last two March games with illness but hopes to be fit for Saturday and it is also a big game for defender Lewis Cook who is a Wisbech lad and played for several years for the Fenmen, before moving to March for a second spell in the summer.

Pepper has good reason to remember the last competitive game between March and Wisbech in October 2008 when the Hares won 3-1 in extra-time in the Ridgeons League Cup.

“I scored two goals that night and another result like that would be just fine and bring the club some more money too,” said the 26-year-old.

March striker Stu Anderson and Ash Brand are certainly in good form to give the Wisbech defence some problems. Brand scored twice in the win against Kirkley and Anderson has scored a total of 12 goals in friendlies and league games including finding the net twice against Wisbech in July’s friendly.

Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby is certainly not underestimating his side’s task: “March played well against us to win the friendly and we are expecting another tough game. All players want to do well in the FA Cup and we will be giving it a real go.”

One player March will have to keep an eye on is midfielder Callum Reed, who returned to Wisbech from King’s Lynn four days before the start of the season and has scored five goals in five games.