NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Pleasing performance earns precious point but Wisbech Town fall to the bottom of the table

Wisbech manager Gary Setchell. Picture: IAN CARTER

Wisbech manager Gary Setchell. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town manager Gary Setchell praised his players on the day they dropped to the bottom of the Northern Premier League Division One East table.

The Fenmen produced a tireless display during a goalless draw at promotion-chasers Brighouse last Saturday, but the pleasing point gained in Yorkshire was not enough to prevent them from falling to the foot of the standings.

However, Setchell preferred to concentrate on the performance of his side on the pitch as they more than matched a capable home team.

He said: “What we produced against Brighouse was chalk and cheese from how we performed when going out of the FA Trophy the previous weekend.

“Brighouse are sitting fourth in the league and our backs were against the wall in the first 20 minutes as we expected, but we weathered the early storm and it was a pretty even match from then on.

“They came on strongly again in the second half but we looked a threat on the break and could have nicked a win at the end.

“The 11 players and three substitutes that I used were magnificent to a man and their work-rate was absolutely excellent.

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“It was a great point even though we dropped to the bottom of the table.”

And while Setchell certainly isn’t panicking about the fact Wisbech are propping up the standings, he does accept that further improvement is required.

Setchell and assistant Daz Edey are now overseeing a more thorough training regime and there could also be changes to personnel.

He added: “I’ve got to do what is right for the football club and sentiment can’t come into it in this situation.

“We’re nearly a third of the way through the season and we’ve had the chance to have a good look at all players.

“We’ve got to improve. We’re training more, we’re trainer harder and we will continue to do that because we are desperate to stay at this level.

“It might be that the extra training session is too much for some of the lads. If we have to bring in a couple more players in and lose one or two already here so be it.

“It’s such a tight league and a couple of wins would probably lift us close to mid-table. If we can’t pick up victories then we have to work our socks off for every precious point just as we did at Brighouse.”

Wisbech hit the road again tomorrow when they travel to mid-table side Gresley.

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