NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Can Gary Setchell and Wisbech revisit past glories in the FA Vase?

PUBLISHED: 09:35 13 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 13 November 2017

Wisbech manager Gary Setchell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Wisbech manager Gary Setchell. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


Wisbech Town boss Gary Setchell has a smile on his face again after seeing his side extend their unbeaten run to 14 matches – and all since the former King’s Lynn Town boss took over from Dick Creasey in September.

Wisbech goalkeeper Paul Bastock during his record breaking 1,250th appearance. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Wisbech goalkeeper Paul Bastock during his record breaking 1,250th appearance. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Setchell was happy to let his goalkeeper Paul Bastock take centre stage at Thetford on Saturday – he waited for the 47-year-old’s post-match TV interview to end before he and his players called over the record-breaking keeper to lead the team back into the dressing room.

It was to much applause - and then the party began as the music blared out and the travelling Fenmen fans packed the new clubhouse, where they chanted Setchell’s name.

There’s little doubt his second spell in charge at Wisbech is going down a storm: he has gathered an experienced side which is fourth in the United Counties League Premier and goes into the hat for Monday’s FA Vase third round draw. The Vase has been kind to Wisbech over the years – they were semi-finalists in 1985 and 1986 – and to Setchell, who managed Lynn to the same stage in 2011.

“I played in the quarters myself with Wisbech and got to the semis with Lynn not so long ago – I know what it takes to win it,” said Setchell, who left his role as Linnets boss in February.

“We are one or two short if we are going to start talking about last-16, quarter-finals because we have a small squad, but now we have won a few quid I can hopefully get into the chairman and hopefully he will let us bring one or two in.”

Wisbech’s run has seen them win 12 games and draw two and the smile on Setchell’s face did little to hide the feeling.

“All jobs are good when you are winning,” he said.

“It isn’t easy – the two games we have drawn we conceded in the last minute as well. We are playing on the front foot and I am enjoying it again. That was tough towards the end at Lynn, but I am enjoying it and I have inherited a great set of lads from Dick and brought a few in. Team spirit is second to none.”

That includes Bastock.

“He deserved everything he got,” said Setchell. “He has been magnificent, and what a guy – a gentleman on the pitch and off it.”


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