Keeper crisis

WISBECH Town and March Town are both facing a goalkeeper crisis for this Saturday’s games with their first choices Ricky Lovelace and Aaron Butcher unavailable.

Steve Appleby has put in seven-day approaches for three different keepers and it is quite likely that Tom Roberts, who played for March against Wisbech in the FA Cup earlier this season, will fill the gap at Stanway Rovers on Saturday.

Appleby will also be speaking to former Wisbech and March keeper Lee Brooks after an approach was put into Downham Market.

Lovelace, who works in the flower trade, has his busiest weekend of the year and has to work.

Appleby said: “I have put in approaches and hopefully something will be sorted out quickly. March have kindly agreed to waive an approach for Roberts who did well enough in the cup games to show he is up to the job and it is kind of Brett Whaley to help us.”

On the pitch Wisbech should have Matt Lunn back after missing the Woodbridge game but Callum Reed is likely be absent again for personal reasons.

Appleby added: “I do like Stanway as a team and it will be a very tough game for us.

“But it is a game we have to go there and win. Unfortunately the two points we dropped against Woodbridge could come back to haunt us at the end of the season.

“But we did get a point to make it six games unbeaten and we have to continue the run if we are to close the gap on the teams above us.”

Whaley was still trying desperately on Tuesday night to get a replacement for the unavailable Butcher in the March goal on Saturday after Lewis Moat was ruled out.

The March boss is desperate to get his side back on track against Long Melford after their poorest run so far this season.

Four successive defeats seems to have knocked his players’ confidence and he was very disappointed with the overall performance at Team Bury last weekend.

“All of a sudden we do not have the confidence to keep hold of the ball and we are very much in danger of wasting all the good work we have put in this season.

“We have already lost at Long Melford this season so we owe them and we have to all work hard this week to turn things round. Hopefully we will have Liam Harrold available again but we have to deliver a better quality ball into the final third.”

Whaley is also hoping that Marc Welcher will be available again after missing the last four games and he will have full squad to choose from.