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Wisbech manager says new division will be more competitive

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Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley is looking forward to a more competitive season now the Fenmen have been switched into a new division.

His team will start the 2021/22 season in the newly-formed Northern Premier League Midland Division, where travelling distances for away games will be reduced and games should be more competitive.

Whaley told Fenmen Radio: "The travelling is reduced which is good for the club and puts us in a position where supporters can come to a lot of away games,which is great for us as they give us a huge boost.

Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley
Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley

"From a football point of view, there will be more football played and the quality of the league will be stronger. There are some big sides at the top end who will be spending a lot of money trying to get into Step 3.

"You only have to look at Spalding United signing (ex-Peterborough favourite) Marcus Maddison to see what we are up against.

"But I believe the bottom half of the division will be quite competitive and there will be more games that are winnable for us. We know it's going to be tough but we can get our supporters back and feel more of a club, which is what we've always wanted."

Marcus Maddison has joined Spalding United. (47311245)
Marcus Maddison has joined Spalding United. (47311245)

Whaley was talking after Wisbech won 7-3 at away at Boston United U19 On Tuesday evening. The talented youngsters took a 2-0 lead but the Fenmen drew level before the break and took over in the second half, Liam Adams (2), Kyle Davison-Gordon, Toby Allen, Sam Murphy, Jack Keeble and Eoin McQuaid scoring.

On Saturday, Wisbech are away at Eastern Counties League Premier Division new boys Fakenham Town,with supporters again allowed.

The manager said the players involved in the end of season friendlies are starting to commit for next season and most are expected to sign forms after the June 26 league AGM.

"It took time for players to settle last season but this time we want them in and settled when pre-season starts."

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