Cup final for Wisbech Town but boss Appleby says: ‘We’ve achieved nothing yet’

PUBLISHED: 08:30 01 April 2011

Steve Appleby

Steve Appleby

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WISBECH Town reached their first league cup final for 16 years on Tuesday - but boss Steve Appleby has insisted his side have achieved nothing yet.

Wisbech Town Fc v Kirkley and Pakefield

Having trailed 2-1 at the break, the Fenmen ran riot in the second half to clinch a 6-2 victory over first division Stowmarket Town and reach the Ridgeons League Challenge Cup Final.

Wroxham - who have already beaten Wisbech twice this season - are now the only team standing between the Fenmen and their first silverware for 16 years.

Appleby said: “We keep doing things the hard way this season so we had a chat at half time about forgetting everything and concentrating on our own business.

“They ran out of steam in the second half but we played well and I’m delighted we got through. It gives us a cup final to look forward to and the fans something to cheer about.

“In my eyes though we’ve achieved nothing yet. Managers can finish third, fourth, anywhere really I guess, but it means nothing unless you win something.

“We haven’t won anything for a long time now and we’re simply too big a club for that to happen.”

Callum Reed bagged four goals in a fine individual display with Andy Furnell and sub Darren Jimson notching a goal apiece.

Appleby, whose side lost last year’s Cambs Invitation Cup Final 3-1 to Mildenhall Town, said: “We’ve put ourselves in a good position to reach our targets but we’ve got to finish it all off now.

“We have played Wroxham three times this season and haven’t beaten them yet so in one sense we owe them one. It’s going to be a big test but it’ll be nice to finally play them with a full-strength side.

“It’s up to the players now to perform and say to me ‘you’re not going to leave me out of the team you pick for that final’.”

Tuesday’s cup success followed Saturday’s 2-1 victory against Kirkley & Pakefield which moved Wisbech up to fifth in the Ridgeons Premier League. Ash Stevens and Paul Cousins scored the Fenmen’s goals.

Appleby’s top-six chasing troops travel to FC Clacton tomorrow.


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