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New signings mean it's 5 former Fenmen returning for today's Wisbech v Carlton game

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New Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley has brought in four more signings for this afternoon's game at home against Carlton Town, as former Fenmen continue to return to the club.

Whaley has signed former Wisbech players, defender Stacy Cartwright, winger Matt Sparrow and keeper James Connell and also brought in another stopper, Josh Allen.

They follow on from two other Fenmen returning to the club this week in defender Beckham Kennelly and midfielder Sam Murphy.

Stacy Cartwright.
Stacy Cartwright.

Whaley said: “With Sam Wilson having to work at Mansfield Town again tomorrow, I have signed two goalkeepers as cover, both for this weekend and going forward.”

Left-sided defender Stacy Cartwright (32) played 125 games for the Fenmen between 2010 and 2014 before joining Holbeach United. Brett said: “Stacy is exactly what we need for the fight ahead. He’s experienced and knows the club, and a player that will add fight, organisation and ability to our defensive unit. We’ve got a real battle ahead, and he’s the type of lad you want on your side for that.”

Winger Matt Sparrow (25) had a season with the Fenmen in 2015-16 under Brett and then Dick Creasey before joining Yaxley in June 2016. He started 35 games with a further 14 appearances from the bench, scoring 14 goals. Brett added: “Matty has come back on a dual registration from PSL. He’s a player I know well and can be a match winner for us on his day. His pace and direct style will add to our quality going forward."

Matt Sparrow.
Matt Sparrow.

Goalkeeper James Connell joined the Fenmen in February 2019 and played five games as cover for Dan Swan. Brett commented: “James had a spell at the club last season as cover, and he joins from PSL to compete for the number one shirt.”

The totally new face is 19-year-old Josh Allen, who is Peterborough United’s U18s goalkeeper. Whaley said: “Josh is a highly regarded keeper at Posh who has featured in the league-winning Under-18s as well as their Under-23 squad."

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