Appleby undecided on future after Wisbech Town turn down chance of promotion for financial reasons

Wisbech vs Clacton FC. Picture: Steve Williams.

Wisbech vs Clacton FC. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

BOSS Steve Appleby says he is considering his future after Wisbech Town turned down the chance to get promoted for financial reasons.

The Fenmen sealed second spot in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division on Saturday but the board has opted against a rise in class to Step 4 football.

Appleby, who has been in charge of Wisbech since February 2010, fears the board’s decision could prompt a mass exodus of players from the club.

He said: “The boys have done brilliantly to secure a promotion spot, especially with the amount of games we have played.

“We’ve done our bit so it’s disappointing that the club has not taken the promotion option.

“They say they don’t think it’s financially viable and obviously they have got to make decisions in the best interests of the club.

“I’ve spent the last three-and-a-half years trying to get the club into this position.

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“The players are extremely disappointed. I don’t know if I will be able to keep the team together or if I’ll be there next season.”

On the pitch, Wisbech ended their league campaign with back-to-back home wins.

A Chris Bacon double and goals from Joe Jackson and Danny White helped Wisbech beat Brantham Athletic 4-2 on Saturday.

The Fenmen then cruised past Felixstowe & Walton United 2-0 on Tuesday night. Jackson scored after 76 seconds and Chris Bacon netted his 30th goal of the season.

The club can finish the season with silverware when they take on Stanway Rovers in the Red Insure Cup final in Diss on Monday.

Chris Bacon, who is emigrating to New Zealand and Matt Lunn, who is moving to London, will be making their final appearances for the club.

Appleby hopes his players will put the uncertainty surrounding the club to one side and finish the season on a high.

He said: “I sat down with the players on Tuesday night and told them what’s going on.

“The best thing we can do, if we decide to walk away, is to win the cup and leave with our heads held high.”