Fenmen feeling ‘recharged’ ahead of vital league run-in, says boss Brett Whaley

Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley.

Wisbech Town manager Brett Whaley. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town have recharged their batteries for the United Counties League Premier Division run-in.

Boss Brett Whaley admits the postponement of a home clash against Kirby Muxloe last Saturday, due to a waterlogged Elgoods Fenland Stadium pitch, wasn’t the biggest inconvenience to a weary squad.

But he has stressed the need to pick up from where they left off by resuming an eight-game unbeaten run when travelling to relegation battlers Oadby Town tomorrow, 3pm ahead of a home date against Harrowby on Tuesday, 7.45pm.

It is the first of four successive Premier Division matches against teams struggling in the bottom seven of the standings and Whaley insists his men must cash in to give their bid for a top-six finish a boost.

He said: “Playing on Saturdays and Tuesdays regularly does take it’s toll, especially as we have a few older players in our squad.

“We could do with the rest so the postponement last Saturday wasn’t the biggest disappointment.

“It gave us a chance to recharge the batteries for the last push in the league and the possibility of two cup finals.

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“We’re still determined to finish in the top six and the next few games are going to be crucial.

“You can never take struggling teams lightly, but they are four matches that we should be capable of winning home or away. We go into them with confidence and a fully-fit squad.”

One full-back has left Wisbech in recent days with another arriving.

Dan Wilson’s short stay in Fenmen colours came to an end with a move to fellow Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star.

But Whaley has drafted in Lucas Panayi, who is part of the Football CV Academy based at Stamford. The teenager is originally from the Seychelles and has hopes of progressing into the professional game.

“Dan stepped up from playing in Division One, but he hasn’t had the chance to play regularly with the team playing well,” added Whaley.

“We could have been difficult and blocked the move as Northern Star had already been in for Jack Brand, who turned them down, recently.

“But I’d never dream of keeping a player at a club when he is not happy.

“We don’t have the biggest squad though so it was important to bring someone else in and Lucas is a promising prospect.

“I’m loathed to dip into our reserve squad as they fighting for promotion in the Peterborough & District League.”

Whaley has a meeting with the Fenmen board, led by new chairman Paul Brenchley, on Monday to discuss plans for the future. He describes his debut season in the Wisbech hotseat as a ‘massive learning curve.’

Wisbech are still waiting to learn the identity of their UCL KO Cup semi-final opponents. They face the winners of a quarter-final tie between Holbeach and Boston Town which was postponed on Wednesday night.