Wisbech Town boss Appleby says the Fenmen have a ‘score to settle’ ahead of crucial FA Vase clash
WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby has said his side have a “score to settle” as they prepare for the biggest game of their season so far on Saturday.
The Fenmen travel to last year’s beaten finalists Wroxham in the second round of the FA Vase and Appleby says his troops are determined to avenge the 3-1 league defeat against the Yachtsmen, suffered two weeks ago.
He said: “In the last game we didn’t turn up at all. It’s the perfect chance to put things right. Not only is it a massive game but we also need to go back and show our true colours.
“We have to go there and think we are as good as them because we are. There’s no doubt in my mind that we can go and win it. I think the lads owe it to themselves to put in a performance. We have got a score to settle.”
Wisbech will be without four key midfielders for the crucial tie, with Luke Kennedy and Matt Lunn absent, Lewis Thompson suspended and Paul Jones cup-tied.
But Appleby, who is battling to sign highly-rated midfielder Adam Millson from Grantham Town, said he is hoping to have a new player in Saturday’s squad.
With other clubs vying for the 20 year-old’s signature, the Fenmen boss described discussions as “ongoing” and said he was also looking at another midfielder.
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“You can never close the door if there are players available that would improve the team,” he said.
Wisbech go into the tie without a win in their last two games, after a frustrating 0-0 stalemate with Clacton at the weekend.
The Fenmen missed countless chances as strong performances from Darren Jimson, ‘keeper Lea Jordan and captain Paul Cousins didn’t prove enough to secure three points at the Tom Wood’s Beer Fenland Stadium.
Appleby admitted his side “were not clinical enough” but said experienced players like Cousins would have a big part to play in Saturday’s game.
“You can’t beat experience,” he said. “People like myself and Cousi have been in this situation before - nothing that happens on the day will surprise us.
“You have to forget about everything - all the hype - and just treat it as any other game.
“A good run in the FA Vase gets the town and the club whipped up into a frenzy - it means a lot to everyone.
“It’s been a while since the fans have had something to shout about and we want to put that right.”