Captain Cousins returns from injury to boost Wisbech Town’s cup final chances

WISBECH Town have been given a massive boost ahead of today’s Ridgeons League Challenge Cup final after inspirational captain Paul Cousins declared himself fit.

Cousins tore his groin less than a month ago and admitted he needed a miracle to be fit for today’s clash against Wroxham at Dereham Town’s Aldiss Park ground.

However, following weeks of intensive treatment from physio Phil Ward, the 28-year-old was able to manage around 20 minutes as a substitute during the Fenmen’s 2-1 win over Wivenhoe Town on Saturday.

Cousins said: “Over the last week or so I’ve started to feel a big improvement. “I’ve come through a fitness test with Phil and Saturday unscathed. I’m absolutely ecstatic that I’m fit to play.

“I honestly thought I had no chance so I can’t thank Phil enough for all the treatment he has given me. I was desperate to lead my side out and now if I’m picked, I can.”

Cousins’ return leaves Fenmen boss Steve Appleby with a nice selection headache as his team go into today’s final hoping to end their 16-year wait for silverware.

Injury doubts Scott Johnson, Stacy Cartwright, Callum Reed and Anthony Reeve all look set to be fit for selection. However, Adam Weston will definitely be missing through injury.

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In-form Wisbech Town have won their last five league games to secure a fourth-placed finish in the Ridgeons Premier Division, one place and four points behind today’s opponents.

Appleby’s side haven’t beaten Wroxham in three attempts this season, drawing once and losing twice. November’s 4-0 defeat at Trafford Park dumped Wisbech out of the FA Vase.

• For live updates from today’s final at Dereham Town’s Aldiss Park ground follow me on Twitter @GavinCaney. The match kicks off at 3pm.