Appleby calls for return to glory days as Wisbech Town start season in style

MANAGER Steve Appleby has called for a return to the glory days at Wisbech Town after the Fenmen started their season in style this week.

Callum Reed’s 30-yard thunderbolt helped Wisbech follow up their 3-0 weekend thumping of Wivenhoe Town with a 2-1 triumph over Mildenhall Town on Tuesday.

The Fenmen, who have shot to second place in the Ridgeons Premier Division, already top the league’s attendance figures and delighted boss Appleby said he can sense a renewed buzz at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.

“The club is a great place to be at the moment,” he said. “People have started to believe. We proved that we can win things last year and that gave us a whole new outlook.

“We want the club to be buzzing and we need the supporters. We’ve hit the ground running and we’ve already given the fans something to shout about - which really makes a difference.

“In the days of old they used to get five or six hundred fans at Wisbech and it would be nice to get back to that. That’s what we have to aim for.

“Football is fickle - we all know that. If we keep winning games people will come flocking. It’s about making the place attractive again - which is exactly what we’re doing.”

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Wisbech’s league campaign got off to the perfect start on Saturday as Neal Spafford, Ollie Gale and Callum Reed fired them to a comfortable 3-0 win.

But Reed saved his best strike of the week for Tuesday night as his fierce drive broke the deadlock against Mildenhall before Chris Bacon notched a second.

“It was a wonder goal,” said Appleby. “Reedy’s on fire at the moment. It’s almost as if he’s got to prove to himself that he is quality and it’s good that he can drive himself on like that.

“Last season we would have drawn or lost that game. The fact that we kept going and kept believing is the most pleasing thing.”

Wisbech face in-form Ridgeons First Division outfit Halstead Town tomorrow in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.

The Fenmen, who could meet neighbours March in the next round if both sides win their games, will be without Lewis Thompson and Steven Reid. Skipper Scott Johnson is also a doubt after picking up a knee injury.

Appleby said: “The FA Cup is the chance for glory. Everybody loves a good cup competition - we know we’re never going to win it but we also know there’s a bit of glory in it and the chance of a good local derby.”