Taylor set to rest several key players against the Hares, in the first competitive Derby for four ye
WISBECH Town boss Steve Taylor believes he can rest several of his star players and still beat the Hares. The arch rivals will clash in their first competitive match for four years on Tuesday when they play in the Ridgeons League Cup at March Town United
WISBECH Town boss Steve Taylor believes he can rest several of his star players and still beat the Hares.
The arch rivals will clash in their first competitive match for four years on Tuesday when they play in the Ridgeons League Cup at March Town United's GER Ground.
The fixture was scheduled as a home match for Wisbech but has been moved because the Fenmen won't have the floodlights ready at their new Outwell home in time for the match, which is been sponsored by the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard.
Taylor said: "No disrespect to March but we will have a crucial FA Vase match at Cornard United the following Saturday and a win would be worth £1,000 to the club, so I want to rest a few players.
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"I'll be putting a few youth and fringe players in the team but I'll mix them in with some experienced lads like Lee Day and Gary Setchell.
"It will be a side that I think is capable is winning the match."
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Taylor is planning to field 17-year-old youth team midfielder Jo Gallagher, whose father Jackie is widely regarded as a Wisbech legend.
Taylor said: "He's a talented young player and this is a big chance for him. If he continues to progress he could find himself to be a regular first team player by the end of the season."
Spice will be added to the occasion by the fact that March boss Brett Whaley has put in a seven-day notice of approach for Wisbech skipper Day, who has previously captained March.
Whaley said: "Lee's a quality defender and I want to be bringing players from higher leagues to our club.
"I know Wisbech have just signed centre-back Paul Cousins and I think that, and Wisbech's move to Outwell might unsettle him a bit. I know he's been playing out of position a bit as well."
He added: "This will be a massive game and one that both clubs are desperate to win.
"We're in a good position. Wisbech play one league above us and they will be the clear favourites. The pressure is all on them and we have nothing to lose so I'm expecting my players to go out there and feel free to express themselves."
March captain Luke Pepper, who has previously played for Wisbech, believes the Hares can cause an upset.
He said: "We played them in a pre-season friendly and they beat us on penalties after a 3-3 draw.
"We matched them in that game and were unfortunate not to win. We've had a reasonably good start to the season and confidence is high in the March camp.
"We've had a bit of luck with the game being switched to March and I'm hoping a big crowd can turn up to cheer us on.