Wisbech boss Whaley looking forward to the fight ahead
Wisbech manager Brett Whaley is pleased how his new signings have created competition for places at the club and looking forward to a 12-game fight against relegation.
Whaley feels the new additions have created real competition for places and was delighted to see forward Dylan Edge and defender Dean Grogan get game time in the low-key friendly victory over Pinchbeck United today.
The same game saw captain Sam Spencer return after a month out injured and left sided defender/winger Connor Green come back after three months.
The Fenmen boss told me: "We have some new signings in so wanted some time for them to gel and it was a worthwhile exercise. Both Dean and Dylan got involved in the group, Sam and Connor got valuable minutes too.
"Dean looked really good sitting in between two experienced players in Stacy Cartwright and Sam Spencer and grew into the game. Beckham Kennelly missed out today as his previous injury means he cannot play on 3G but now we have options, we can play with a back three.
"There's cover for injuries, there is competition for places and you have to perform well to keep your place in the team. A few weeks ago, if you were available, you played.
"You cannot expect to play Step 4 football just because you are there. The players we have signed are not just here for the last 12 games, they are here going forward. I know there's this feeling that we've had too many players sign for us this season, but we've had three managers.
"If you're having success, you don't have more than 25 but the players coming in now want to help us stay up and then still be here in the summer. It's not just about the relegation fight. If we can get momentum now it is preparation for next year."
On Tuesday's clash with on form Frickley Athletic at the Fenland Stadium, he added: "Everyone should be okay if it is on. Defensively, we have to leave people out of the squad, which has not happened before. But Frickley is a massive step up. They have been really good during the second half of the season and we know it will be a really tough test.
"But even after that we have 11 more scraps. The lads have worked so hard during the last two weeks and I know now we have options of different formations, different ways of playing because we have enough players, which is where we want to be.
"We have enough games together to become a really good unit and then take that into next season."