Still places up for grabs in first eleven

WISBECH Town co-manager Ian Jones has revealed that there are still places up for grabs in his first choice starting eleven. Jones said: Ideally, I would like to have a better idea of the team I would play in the first league match at Haverhill. But I w

WISBECH Town co-manager Ian Jones has revealed that there are still places up for grabs in his first choice starting eleven.

Jones said: "Ideally, I would like to have a better idea of the team I would play in the first league match at Haverhill.

"But I would say that I know eight of my best team - the rest of the places are up for grabs.

"The problems I am having in selection shows how well the lads are playing and everyone is fighting for places so it also means that we have some strength in depth."

He added: "The atmosphere at the club is very positive and there were about 35 lads at training this week, which is unusual for this stage of the summer."

The Fenmen squad is dominated by Wisbech-based players and Jones believes that there will be no signings before the season kicks-off on August 11.

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Any hopes that Ely City's Andy Chatters would sign have disappeared after the midfielder joined Yaxley this week.

Jones said: "I was disappointed not to sign Andy but that is football and we have to move on.

"We will be progressing with the players we have already and I am quite happy with that situation.

"Of course, the situation may change once the season has started but we will have to wait and see."

Performances on the pitch have pleased Jones and the Fenmen's good summer continued with a 2-1 victory at St Neots on Saturday.

An opener from skipper Lee Day and a late winner from Grant Rider capped a solid display.

Jones said: "The first half was the best 45 minutes of football I have seen us play. We led 1-0 but we were worth a 2-0 or 3-0 lead.

"We lost our shape after the break but that is understandable given the number of substitutions we made.

"They were not at their strongest but the result suggests that we

"But we are not kidding ourselves. There is still a lot of work to be done and the next two friendlies will be much tougher for us."

Wisbech entertain Dunstable Town on Saturday and Boston United on Tuesday evening in their final first team friendly matches of the summer.

The Dunstable game will give the Wisbech management team an opportunity to try out new players and a slight change in formation.

Jones said: "James McManus is not available for the game so we will have to play with a slightly flatter midfield.

"With the club aiming for more integration between the first, reserve and youth teams, we will always play a 4-4-2 formation.

"I think the only difference in come in midfield, where we can play in a diamond, with wingers or in a flat four."

Stuart Brown and James Allen will also miss Saturday's match and Jones believes that he will not be able to field his first choice side until the FA Cup extra preliminary round match at Holbeach on August 18.

Jones said: "Brown and Stuart Ablett will be on holiday for the first two games of the season so we will have to make a couple of changes.

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