In-form Fenmen face tough test

WISBECH Town will be looking for a sixth successive win when they entertain Stan-way in the Ridgeons Premier Division on Saturday.

Manager Steve Appleby is expecting a tough test for his side at Stanway who have not lost at home in the league since the first week of the season and sit in fourth place in the table.

It is a big game for the Fenmen who can slip above their visitors in the table with another win as they enjoy their best run of results this season.

Chris Bacon could again prove the key to success with his prolific goalscoring at present – six in his last three games – but just as pleasing for Appleby is the partnership he is forging with Liam Nimmo.

Appleby said: “When we produce our quality we look very good going forward and so it was good to keep a clean sheet at Norwich as well.

“I’m pleased with how it’s going but I’m more pleased with the response to that 9-0 defeat at Mildenhall. We had a bit of a heart-to-heart after that game and after the things that happened on the night, it could have gone either way but we are unbeaten since then and the lads have shown a lot of character and that is more pleasing to me than the actual statistics.”

Appleby has a very strong squad to call on at present as could be seen with his bench of Paul Jones, Jon Fairweather, Sam Murphy, Ollie Gale and Nick Davey at Norwich on Saturday.

But that also brings problems for Appleby in trying to keep everyone happy.

“While we are winning it is not too much of problem. But in football things can change quickly for players. A player gets injured and someone else gets their chance and might keep the shirt. Players just have to be patient at the moment because by the end of the season we will need a squad of 16-17 players.”

Appleby did in fact let central defender Simon Ashton go on loan to Spalding last week. “We have a full squad at present and we need to give Simon games. But he is very much part of the club and will be recalled should we need to.”

Darren Jimson was also appointed assistant player-manager to fill the role left by Chris Dear last month.

Appleby commented: “He has been a very good servant to the club over the years and the players have massive respect for him. I am sure the fans will be delighted too.

“Darren has been out with a knee injury this season but should be back playing again before the end of the year and make the squad even stronger.”