Reed’s shock return to Fenmen

CALLUM Reed was on his way back to Wisbech Town last night.

Reed, who joined King’s Lynn at the end of last season, told their manager Gary Setchell he was not enjoying his football with the Linnets.

The midfielder, who impressed with Wisbech last season, was expected at training at Fenland Park last night and was expected to sign for a second time for the Fenmen.

Manager Steve Appleby said: “Hopefully we can complete a deal tonight and he will be available for Saturday’s home game against Wivenhoe.”

Reed only returned from holiday at the weekend and his announcement shocked Setchell who said: “Callum’s decision has really surprised me after the comments he made when he joined the club. I was really looking forward to working with Callum and we really wanted him at the club.

Reed’s arrival will only fuel the title expectations of the Wisbech fans even more for this season as they kick off the Ridgeons Premier Division season on Saturday.

Appleby added two other good signings last week with the arrival of former King’s Lynn striker Chris Bacon and goalkeeper Ryan Rayner helping to give an even more solid spine to the team.

Wisbech will be without Matty Lunn, who is on holiday for the first three games, and Lewis Thompson is doubtful for Saturday with a knee injury.

It is certainly a stronger looking squad than last season and there is more strength in depth too.

Appleby also has the emergence of youngsters Ollie Gale and Sam Murphy, who have both done well enough in friendlies to put their names forward for a starting place this weekend.

But even the most ardent Wisbech fan would admit that the Fenmen have not been firing on all cylinders in the pre-season games and a defeat at March did not help. They lost 2-1 at Spalding on Saturday when Liam Nimmo scored from a huge clearance by Rayner.

And manager Appleby has his feet firmly on the ground when he commented: “It would be great to take another step and have a real go at the title. It is a big ask but it is important that we try to build on what we did last season.

“I felt we looked tired on Saturday and perhaps we crammed in too many friendlies. But sometimes you learn more from a defeat than a win.”