It might only be a friendly, but Wisbech Town boss Brett Whaley is a relishing the prospect of returning to his former club on Saturday.
Whaley takes his new-look Wisbech to March Town for the Fenmen’s third outing of the summer.
It will be Whaley’s first time back at the GER since guiding the Hares to a fourth-place finish back in 2011/12.
Whaley said: “I can’t wait to go back if I’m honest.
“I had the opportunity to do it before in a pre-season friendly, but I was away on holiday.
“It will be nice to be able to help celebrate what they’ve achieved with opening the new clubhouse.
“March is a big enough town to hold a higher football team and hopefully this will be the first step to them progressing.
“They were my first big job in football. The people behind the scenes are really nice people and they deserve a lot of credit for what they’ve done.”
Whaley added: “It will be a big occasion but we still have a job to go there to do. Football is football and we go into every game looking to win.
“Our first two pre-season matches have been more about our defensive shape and how we contain sides but on Saturday we will need to be better with some of our attacking play.”
Last night, the Fenmen were due to host Step Three Histon at the Elgood’s Stadium.
On Saturday, Wisbech opened their pre-season programme with an excellent 2-1 victory over big-spending Spalding United.
Scott Cubberley (60) and Nick Davey (70) were the goalscorers as Wisbech came from behind to see off the higher-league Tulips who netted through Tom Waumsley (58).
“Spalding were the better side for an hour of the game, but we improved a lot in the second half,” said Whaley, who is still looking to bring in an attacking midfielder if the right player becomes available.
“We had six first-team squad members missing and they had three, so we were a long way short of where I expect us to be in a month.
“We didn’t play the way we wanted to but there were still a number of positives to come ouf of the game.
“Spalding scored and we reacted by scoring ourselves and going on to get another when we could have easily folded.
“It was good to finally get underway. There has been lots of talk in the last few weeks but it’s all about football and what you do when you cross that white line.”
l Early season UCL fixtures: Sat 8/8 15:00 - Newport Pagnell Town (H); Tues 11/8 19:45 - Peterborough Northern Star (A); Sat 15/8 15:00 - Diss Town (H) (FA Cup); Sat 22/8 15:00 - Harborough Town (A); Tues 25/8 19:45 - Yaxley (A); Sat 29/8 15:00 - Cogenhoe United (H) (or FA Cup); Tues 1/9 19:45 - Deeping Rangers (H); Sat 5/9 15:00 - Northampton Spencer (A).