Wisbech Town go into Saturday’s huge home FA Cup clash with Holbeach United buoyed by the signing of striker Chris Bacon.
The return of the former favourite, who was top scorer back in 2011-12 with 32 goals, boosts the Fenmen’s firepower as they chase success on a number of fronts.
Bacon’s arrival comes on the back of the departure of Charley Sanders to Spalding.
Wisbech boss Brett Whaley, whose side were at Yaxley last night, said: “Signing Chris is a huge boost for us with some big games coming up.
“When somebody like him becomes available, you just make it happen. He was a hero here before and is a massive signing for us.”
Whaley admits that the onus is on his players to get the fans on their side going into the preliminary round tie at the Elgood’s Stadium.
A place in the first qualifying round and prize money of £1,950 awaits the winners.
Whaley said: “People talk about the supporters being the 12th man and if they get behind you that it will help spur the team on.
“But I am a firm believer that it works the other way around. At this moment we haven’t done enough to get the fans on our side.
“The onus is on us to go out and put on a performance. If we do that, the fans will really get behind us .”
Whaley would love to go a few rounds in this year’s competition.
“The FA Cup has that bit of magic about it and it’s huge in terms of finances,” said Whaley. “You have to split the gate money but if you win a few qualifying rounds you can make six-and-a-half grand for the club very quickly.
“We can’t wait for Saturday. It’s a big game and there’s a lot riding on it.”
If successful on Saturday, the Fenmen will have another home tie against either Stourport Swifts or Alvechurch.
Whaley would like nothing more than to add to Holbeach’s early-season woes.
The Tigers, who have former Fenmen striker Josh Ford in their ranks, have made a stuttering start to the new campaign.
“For a lot of people they are favourites to go on and win the league,” said Whaley.
“They haven’t started the season well but have very good players in their squad.
“It’s a big local derby and a one-off game. If you win it sends out a little message ahead of the league encounters.
“I would like to inflict a bit of a blow on the opposition.”
The big games continue to come thick-and-fast for Wisbech. After Saturday they host in-form Deeping Rangers on Tuesday.