NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Injury-hit Wisbech Town look ahead to FA Vase clash

Alex Beck, Adam Millson and Michael Frew celebrate scoring against Northampton ON Chenecks. Photo: I

Alex Beck, Adam Millson and Michael Frew celebrate scoring against Northampton ON Chenecks. Photo: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town coach Kevin Ward has admitted the club has been hit by an injury crisis ahead of the Fenmen’s FA Vase clash with Felixstowe & Walton United tomorrow.

Wisbech, who have had to cope with a reduced squad following the withdrawal of the club’s reserve side, could also be without influential midfielders Sam Murphy and Jordan Yong and new signing David Bell for tomorrow’s clash.

The Seasiders travel to Wisbech having lost just once in 16 league games this season and Ward says the Fenmen will look to bring in more recruits to bulk up their thinning squad.

“We’re not stupid – we know we’re down to the bare bones so we’ll be looking to strengthen – not just for the Vase game but for the league as well,” he said.

“Bodies are key at this stage, especially with games every Saturday and Tuesday so we’ll definitely be strengthening, without a shadow of a doubt.”

The Fenmen go into tomorrow’s Vase encounter looking for a ninth game unbeaten in all competitions following a 4-3 win over the UCL Premier Division’s basement boys, Northampton ON Chenecks, last Saturday.

Wisbech raced into a three-goal lead by half time thanks to Jon Fairweather, Kieran Hamilton and Adam Millson, but the visitors reduced the deficit to just one goal with a quick double in the second half.

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Alex Beck netted a fourth with five minutes to go before Chenecks hit a late third.

“I thought we were quite dominant in the first half. We kept the ball well and made chances,” Ward said.

“We kept knocking on the door and went 1-0 up and we were very comfortable in the game.

“We went into the second half very positive but football’s a cruel game. Everything that the gaffer’s said we went against.

“I think we have to be a little more clean cut in the final third. We’re getting good chances but decision making is key at this level.

“We kept grinding away but so did they. Fair play to them – they’re sat bottom of the league but they’re not a bottom side for me.

“We’re after the points at the end of the day. We’re unbeaten but we need to improve in certain areas and we know that.

“We’ve got a big game on Saturday and hopefully we can make a few quid for the club.”