Wisbech making the most of Covid window
Wisbech Town will be fitter, better and more together when the new season starts on August 14.
Manager Brett Whaley made the prediction to fans’ broadcaster Fenmen Radio, following Friday evening’s 4-0 victory over a youthful King’s Lynn Town Reserves team.
Whaley thinks the two month window given to teams at the end of a second season curtailed because of Covid-19 could be crucial to his squad’s development.
Ben Richards, Liam Adams, Dylan Edge and Aaron Hart were on target against a young and fast Linnets side.
Whaley said: “We struggled last season and, even if we are in a more local league next season, as looks likely, it will arguably be a stronger one.
“It will be difficult and we need to be ready. But we will send the players away with fitness programmes in June and everyone involved during this window will hopefully be involved when the pre-season starts in July.
“The two months we are having together now will help us to improve and could be invaluable as teams not getting together now will have had nine months without football come July.”
Whaley said new arrivals – notably former March Town players Charlie Congreve, Tom Mcleish, Danny Emmington, Eoin McQuaid and Toby Allen – have made them stronger too. He added: “Come next season we will be fitter, more together and at the moment I would say we will be a lot better.
“We talk about the start of the season on August 14 all the time. Last season we were not ready when we started at Haverhill in the FA Cup, because of injuries and various other reasons.
“But this year that won’t happen – we already have the group we want to work with.
“The way things are going, we could have played 10 or 12 games together before next season starts. So, if things don’t work, at least we will know we’ve done everything we possibly can.”
After beating Pinchbeck United 2-0, Thetford Town 5-1, and Lynn 4-0, the Fenmen travel to play Southern League Biggleswade Town on Saturday, again behind closed doors because of Covid-19 restrictions.
*Wisbech will have an under 18 side playing in next season’s Peterborough and District Youth League.
All fixtures will be played on a Sunday.
If you’re 16 or 17 years of age and want to play for the Fenmen,call Jonny Pearce on 07871 767341 or club chairman Paul Brenchley on email@example.com
Open training sessions will be held at the Elgoods Stadium on Tuesday nights alongside first team training and will continue throughout May. The first session will take place on Tuesday, May 11 at 7pm.