Promotion cheer gives Fenmen boost for Vase

Wisbech v Walsham le Willows FA Vase
Wisbech v Walsham le Willows FA Vase

Wisbech Town directors have given fans a boost on the eve of Saturday’s FA Vase third round trip to Witham by announcing the club will be applying for promotion.

The Fenmen board made their decision after Saturday’s game with Brantham.

Earlier in the season chairman Barry Carter said that if the team was in a challenging position in December, the club would put in an application.

Dick Creasey said: “You have to apply to the FA and have to give your resignation to the Ridgeons League should you get promoted. We hope in May we will be in a position to make that decision. All we can do is apply.”

It remains to be seen where Wisbech would be placed if they got promoted – of recent Ridgeons League sides who went up, Leiston and Lowestoft were put in the Isthmian Ryman League. It is possible that the Fenmen could be placed in the Evo-Stik League Northern or Southern set-ups.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “It is the right decision and shows the club’s ambition.”

A £1,500 prize pot is up for grabs when Wisbech travel to in-form Essex men Witham on Saturday.

Appleby added: “I had someone local watch them so will have some information which is handy, but really it will be down to how we perform on the day.

“They will think they can win and we will go there with the confidence that we can go through. They scored nine goals on Saturday so it should be a tough game, but we want to go as far as possible in the competition.”

Last night the Fenmen hosted CRC in the league. In-form striker Chris Bacon returned after missing the weekend defeat due to suspension and his partnership with Liam Nimmo will be a key factor if Wisbech are to go through in the Vase. But Matt Lunn will be missing on Saturday because of work commitments, otherwise it will a full-strength squad.

At last night’s AGM (Monday), Creasey stood down as a director and Steve Crown, a former chairman, and John Keith were elected to the board.