Wisbech Town have an important Easter weekend ahead of them

Wisbech vs Hadleigh football. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech vs Hadleigh football. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

WITH two massive games coming up over the Easter weekend, Steve Appleby is putting the fact that Wisbech Town will play in the final of the Red Insure Cup for the second time in three years to the back of his mind.

Wisbech beat Cambridge University Press 2-0 at the Fenland Stadium on Tuesday evening to set up a meeting with Stanway Rovers in the May 6 final – but the manager is more concerned about the games against Gorleston and Godmanchester Rovers right now.

“The league is definitely the priority and the cup will only come into play when the season is finished,” he said. “Hopefully we will be league champions and we will be going for the double.”

Wisbech made it six wins on the trot in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Premier on Saturday when they beat both the weather and visitors Hadleigh United 3-1 to go second in the table.

Adam Millson, Callum Reed and Neal Spafford scored the goals in that game and then Spafford and Jack Friend got the goals against Division One leaders CUP with the manager giving a run-out to some of the club’s squad players.

In the league, Wisbech haven’t been beaten for 12 games, the last defeat coming at home to leaders Dereham Town way back on December 1 last year.

But third-placed Gorleston will be a threat to that record – as will Godmanchester who themselves haven’t lost a game in nine.

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“We’ve got a massive weekend coming,” said Appleby. “We’ve had some big games and we will have more big games, but these two fixtures have got to be up there with the biggest. Gorleston are on a good run and are an enterprising side and their strengths are in the attacking areas. Godmanchester like to play football but are very, very solid.

“But we go into the weekend with good form and we will give it our best shot.”

The league has confirmed the season has been extended because of a fixture pile-up and that Wisbech will now play their re-arranged home game against Felixstowe & Walton United on Tuesday April 30, three days after the original final Saturday.

It is going to be a busy month for every team with almost a quarter’s worth of a season’s matches to fit into April. So what is Appleby’s target from Wisbech’s nine remaining games? “To try to win them all,” the manager said.