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Wisbech boss Brett Whaley says squad in a much better place than a year ago

With four weeks to go before the start of the Northern Premier League Midland Division season, Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley says his side are in a lot stronger position than they were this time last year.

After beating Fakenham Town 2-0 on Saturday to make it three pre-season wins out of three, Whaley said: "If you look at where we were this time last year going into our first game, we were nowhere near.

"We were trialling a lot of players, some hadn't committed to signing and we were unsure about what style and formation we were going to have.

Wisbech manager Brett Whaley (right) during Saturday's game. Photo: ERIN LARHAM
Wisbech manager Brett Whaley (right) during Saturday's game. Photo: ERIN LARHAM

"We feel all that is there this time. And we feel the squad is so much more settled. That doesn't mean we're guaranteed to win those initial games but we are in a position where we feel a lot stronger."

Whaley was also pleased with the signing of energetic midfielder Ollie Williams and was due to have talks to tie up a deal with Layton Maddison, who looks to be returning to the club and has been impressive in pre-season.

After a game played in blistering heat, he added: "We've looked fit throughout pre-season and three or four of them now have got three sets of 90 minutes under their belt which is really good at this stage.

"Today was always going to be a test because of the heat as we are trying to play with a high tempo and that's hard in this weather.

"Dylan Edge finished last season well and he's come back and looks like scoring. He leads the line well and he keeps going.

"Aaron Hart at wing back didn't stop for 90 minutes, Sam Murphy got his first 90 minutes and got better as the game went on and the defensive unit is getting a lot of games under their belt."

Asked whether he would be adding to his squad, the Fenmen boss added: "We want to see how the next couple of games go before we decide if there are any holes we need to fill.

"It's very easy to look at where we are right now with these pitches and these conditions but we need to look at whether we have what we want for the winter months... but we're certainly not chasing anyone."

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