FEN DERBY: Wisbech Town boss Appleby warns March Town United: ‘We won’t be holding back’
WISBECH Town boss Steve Appleby plans to experiment with his side in tomorrow’s Fen Derby - but he has warned March Town United to expect no favours.
The Fenmen have been in ruthless form, strolling to pre-season victories over Sleaford Town, Spalding United and their fiercest rivals King’s Lynn Town.
They go into tomorrow’s friendly BKD Cup clash at the GER as strong favourites against a new-look Hares side - and Appleby is gunning for a win.
“It’s simple: I go to win every game we’re involved in,” he said.
“We will be going all out. Players will not be rested - they have had all summer to rest. We won’t be holding back.
“What we will do is try a few different things. We’ve been chopping and changing and trying different systems - that’s what pre-season is all about.”
Wisbech Town twice failed to win at the GER last season. They were beaten 3-2 in the BKD Cup before the Hares held them to a 1-1 draw in front of 1,100 fans in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round.
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Appleby said: “I’m expecting exactly the same competitiveness that we’ve always had at March.
“They will want to beat us just like we wanted to beat King’s Lynn at the weekend. Form goes out of the window for these games.
“You can’t help but think back to the FA Cup game. It was a fantastic occasion and I’m all for these matches. They’re what you play football for.”
Goals from Simon Mowbray, Dubi Ogbonna and Ollie Gale helped the Fenmen waltz to an impressive 3-0 win over United Counties League big-spenders Spalding on Tuesday.
Appleby said: “It’s pleasing to see that things are working straight away and the club is a good place to be at the moment.
“That first league game will give me a selection headache but it will be a nice headache to have.
“We have to be a squad, you don’t win anything with just 11 players any more.”
Defenders Scott Johnson (hamstring) and Paul Cousins (foot) are injury doubts for tomorrow’s derby while Stacy Cartwright is also missing. Anthony Reeve and Matt Lunn are set to return.
Admission is �2 at the GER with kick-off at 3pm.