Wisbech Town chairman hoping to secure £100,000 for new ground

By ADAM LAZZARI WISBECH Town Football Club s new chairman Paul Brenchley is hoping to secure a £100,000 grant for their new Lynn Road ground. The 51-year-old met with FA officials last week and believes the club may get the maximum £100,000 grant availab

By ADAM LAZZARI

WISBECH Town Football Club's new chairman Paul Brenchley is hoping to secure a £100,000 grant for their new Lynn Road ground.

The 51-year-old met with FA officials last week and believes the club may get the maximum £100,000 grant available from the Football Foundation.

The club will also be applying for a grant for a second pitch at the new stadium, to be used by the community.


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Mr Brenchley replaced Barry Carter as Wisbech Town chairman at the club's annual meeting last Monday.

He runs PB Engineering in Four Gotes, his wife, Tracy, runs The Crown pub in Outwell and his brother, David, played for Wisbech in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Wisbech Town supporter and website editor Spencer Larham said: "Paul's a man that gets things done. He's level-headed and is successful businessman."

Ex-Wisbech manager and current shareholder Roy McManus said: "I had some disagreements with Paul as he was one of the people suggesting we should scrap the reserves to cut costs. But he's a man who has the club at heart and a good business sense and I wish him the best of luck."

Mr Brenchley watched his side enjoy a winning start at their new Outwell home on Saturday.

They beat CRC 2-1 at home in the Ridgeons Premier Division.

Scott Cubberely gave Wisbech the lead with a close-range finish after Lewis Cook's cross, Sam Ives equalised after a defensive mix up in the 70th minutem, but Cubberley scored the winner from within the six-yard box after Nick Impey's low cross.

Meanwhile, Wisbech have lost striker Billy Smith to Soham Town Rangers but defenders Lee Day and Anthony Reeve have resisted offers to join other clubs.

Day was a target of rivals March and Reeve was wanted by Dereham, but Paul Cousins has replaced Day as the Wisbech captain.

Manager Steve Taylor said: "I still rate Lee as an important first-team player, but Paul is a good talker on and off the field and I think he's more suited to the role of captain."

Wisbech are away to Cornard United tomorrow in the FA Vase, first round and a win would be worth £1,000 to the club.

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