Appleby urges Wisbech Town players to focus and forget FA Vase dreams... for now
WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby has warned his players to forget about their FA Vase dreams and focus on Saturday’s league match at Walsham-le-Willows.
Goals from Chris Bacon and Ollie Gale helped keep the Fenmen’s dream of reaching Wembley alive during a 2-1 after-extra-time triumph at Witham Town on Saturday.
But with their last-32 clash against Dunston UTS not until January 21 Appleby has urged his side to concentrate on their Ridgeons Premier Division title hopes.
The Fenmen boss said: “We showed character, huge fitness levels and a great team effort all round to beat Witham.
“We all pulled together and we need to keep doing that during this winter period.
“If the lads want to play in the Vase match they will have to perform in the games leading up to it, it’s as simple as that.
“I’ll be taking one game at a time and it’s important the players do that too.”
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Wisbech, the Ridgeons League’s remaining representatives in the Vase, have reached their furthest stage of the competition since the 1996/97 season.
The good news continued for the Fenmen’s faithful this week when talented midfielder Adam Millson agreed to play for the club regularly.
Millson - who had a hand in both of Wisbech’s weekend goals - had signed dual registration forms meaning he could play for the Fenmen and Boston United.
And even though he still can, because both clubs play at different levels of the non-league ladder, Appleby insists the playmaker is committed to Wisbech Town.
Appleby said: “I think he’s finally got fed up and wants to play regularly - he’s enjoyed his games here and will add something extra.
“He’s good on the ball and we’ve missed that a little bit since Paul Jones left.”
Striker Nick Davey should be involved again as Appleby’s fifth-placed charges look for three points at struggling Walsham.
Lewis Thompson (ankle ligaments, 4-6 weeks) will definitely be missing while Anthony Reeve (groin) and Liam Nimmo (work) are both doubtful.