Setchell targets experienced winger
WISBECH Town player manager Gary Setchell is in talks with one of his old team-mates Paul Betson, who has won five Ridgeons Premier Division titles. The 33-year-old left winger has just been released by Ridgeons Premier outfit Felixstowe and is also bein
WISBECH Town player manager Gary Setchell is in talks with one of his old team-mates Paul Betson, who has won five Ridgeons Premier Division titles.
The 33-year-old left winger has just been released by Ridgeons Premier outfit Felixstowe and is also being courted by Stanway Rovers.
He was released by the Suffolk club because they had to cut their wage bill.
Betson played with Setchell at Sudbury and was in the side that won the Ridgeons Premier Division title for five successive years, from 2000 to 2005 and has played in three FA Vase finals.
Setchell said: "We've offered a deal that Paul and the board are happy with. He's a good man and he knows we can't offer fortunes, but I'm just waiting to see what happens with Stanway.
"Paul's a quality player and his experience would add a lot to the squad and he's one of the fittest 33-year-olds you could meet."
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Wisbech lost a league match 3-2 at home to Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday, but Setchell was encouraged by his side's performance.
He said: "Apart from the first 25 minutes we played well and were unlucky to come away with nothing.
"We started with the wrong system and they crowded the midfield, so I changed things and we gave them a good battle.
"I'm convinced that if the lads show the same spirit and determination we will start winning."
Wisbech found themselves 2-0 down by the 30th minute after James Attwood scored from a one-on-one and Gary Ross knocked in a loose ball inside the six-yard box.
Paul Cousins pulled one back with a four-yard header from a Jason Pease corner and Stuart Cobb equalised in the 41st minute with a powerful low drive from the inside left position.
Wisbech created several chances in the second with Cousins seeing a header cleared off the line but Ross secured the win with a powerful close-range header in the 82nd minute.
Nick Impey is expected to be out for a fortnight after he suffered a reaction to a hamstring problem on Sunday.
Wisbech are away to seventh-placed in the league on Saturday.