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New Wisbech Town manager Leon Mettam was in a positive mood this afternoon after bringing two quality players into the club and beating Swaffham Town 5-0 in his first friendly fixture in charge.

Former Lincoln City colleagues Jenk Acar and Kegan Everington weren't in action in the victory over the Pedlars, but with assistant manager Danny Brooks and some impressive trialists looking good today, the Fenman may be in a better position than many assume.

Following the shock resignation of Allan Ross just three weeks before the start of the United Counties League season the relegated Fenmen were left with just two first team players, but Wisbech could now be a match for the visiting AFC Mansfield when the season starts on July 30.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

After beating Swaffham, Mettam said: "It's been a long week since I came down to talk to the chairman on Sunday and found the club in a little bit of turmoil. There's been constant phone calls and it's been a big challenge but I got a result out there today and that reflects the hard work me and Danny (Brooks, assistant manager) have put in.

"Today was just a friendly but it was a really good start. All 17 players I used absolutely ran themselves into the ground on a really hot day.

"They don't know me and when I came to see them on Tuesday (in a 3-0 defeat to AFC Emneth) it was a mish-mash of a performance without discipline.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

"I had a chat, told them what I expect and after that and a little in-house coaching on different positions, I think they executed it brilliantly today. Some of them looked like different players from Tuesday.

"They've set their standards now so anything that drops below that is not good enough. They are in no doubt what I expect and I've laid the ground rules down.

"Today was a trial game really and, as I said after the game, the reserve boys that played today are really my first team at the moment. We will train Wednesday and then play at Mildenhall Town on Saturday, maybe not with so many of today's reserve team lads, as I want to have a look at the others.

"But there will be faces coming in and some going out. Acar and Everington are coming in and hopefully a few more. It will take me a few weeks to get in those I want, but if the players from today keep performing like that, I may not have to get too many in.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

"I'm under no false pretences though. Today was the first time the players have played for me so of course they ran through brick walls."

Mettam also praised ex-Wisbech manager Gary Setchell, who put him in contact with striker Corey Wilson, who scored today, and gave him a number of other leads. "Setch has been brilliant and said he will help me however he can. Some other managers have been so helpful too.

"Lads who have played at Steps 4, 5, 6 or who have been knocked back from academies are still welcome to come and show me what they are about and if they are good enough I will reward them at the end of it.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

"Also, there's plenty of lads at Step 3 or 4 who, after a few games, will realise they won't be playing. Then my phone might get busy, that's how football works. But for now we'll get training sessions into the players here, make them better, make them understand what we want and give it a go.

Wisbech manager Leon Mettam
Wisbech manager Leon Mettam

"We've won 5-0 today but I'm not kidding myself. It's not going to be pretty for a few weeks but if the chairman and the fans give me time I can make a success of it. I will work so hard, it's just going to take me time."



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