Fenmen kick off season against a side that has not won their opening match for 10 years

PUBLISHED: 17:38 06 August 2009 | UPDATED: 09:11 02 June 2010

gary setchell

gary setchell

By ADAM LAZZARI THE omens are looking good for Wisbech Town on Saturday. The Fenmen kick off their Ridgeons Premier Division campaign at home against a Stanway Rovers side which has not won their opening match of the season for 10 years. Wisbech player-

By ADAM LAZZARI

THE omens are looking good for Wisbech Town on Saturday.

The Fenmen kick off their Ridgeons Premier Division campaign at home against a Stanway Rovers side which has not won their opening match of the season for 10 years.

Wisbech player-manager Gary Setchell said: "We're not taking it lightly because I know Stanway are a good side.

"They finished the season very strongly last year and have managed to keep hold of a player who was the second highest scorer in the league.

"They are creative in midfield and strong at the back. It will be a really good test for us and we will have to hit the ground running."

Wisbech have suffered the loss of two key players in their pre-season build up.

Midfielder Stuart Ablett may miss the entire season after dislocating his shoulder in last Thursday's 3-0 friendly defeat to March Town United.

Stuart Cobb, who can play in midfield or up-front, has torn his ankle ligaments and is expected to spend several months on the sidelines.

Setchell has boosted his squad by signing Jordan Young, who can play left-back, left-midfield or central-midfield, from Histon and defender Gary Bush from King's Lynn.

He also expects former King's Lynn midfielder Charlie Defty to join up with the squad when he returns from a trip to Thailand.

Setchell took charge of the Fenmen midway through last season following the resignation of Steve Taylor and said the players lacked fitness.

He said: "We've had some good workouts in pre-season and the players are looking very fit and sharp.

"I'm working to a similar budget to last season and my priority is to keep us in the Premier Division.

"I don't want it to be as much of a nail-biter as last year and am looking for a decent mid-table position.


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