NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Wisbech Town boss Gary Setchell targets positive FA Vase run

22 September, 2017 - 10:00
Wisbech Town celebrate Kieran Hamilton's winner against Rothwell Corinthians last Saturday. Photo: KAREN BALL

Wisbech Town celebrate Kieran Hamilton's winner against Rothwell Corinthians last Saturday. Photo: KAREN BALL


Gary Setchell says a good run in the FA Vase could keep Wisbech Town’s season alive.

The Fenmen travel to lower-level Bourne Town in the second qualifying round tomorrow (3pm) and boss Setchell believes the competition could be Wisbech’s saving grace after an inconsistent start to their UCL Premier Division campaign.

“It’s a competition we want to go as deep as we can in,” he said.

“It’s one that keeps your season alive. We’re playing catch-up in the league but if we can keep it alive in the Vase then that will be great.”

Wisbech recorded their second straight league win last Saturday with a narrow 1-0 success over Rothwell Corinthians.

Josh Ford missed a fifth-minute penalty but Kieran Hamilton struck in the second period to give Setchell his second win as boss and the new Fenmen chief said it was important for his side to have taken all three points from a difficult fixture.

“If we had conceded late on then a lot of players would have been pointing their fingers at the back four but the truth is the back four were very good,” he said.

“Our final ball wasn’t great, our missed chances weren’t great. When you miss a penalty early on it can put you on the back foot.

“We dominated possession for large periods, created all the chances and played all the best football but we could have got stuffed with the last kick of the game because of a little bit of sloppiness.

“For us at the minute it’s not all about performances, it’s about the three points but certainly in both games I’ve been in charge we’ve shown good stuff but some poor stuff also.

“In the first 35 minutes I thought we played well, we had three good chances and a penalty and even in the second half we had three or four opportunities to put a better ball in which is disappointing and something we’ll be working on.

“The boys are working hard. We’re a lot better with the ball than without it, there are a lot of gaps but that’s something we have to work on.

“We’ve got some good players here and as the challenges get stiffer then I think you’ll see some better performances from the boys.”

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