Fenmen retain hopes of playing at GER

PUBLISHED: 12:09 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 12:18 29 April 2010

WISBECH Town Football Club s board still retain hope of using March Town United s GER Stadium for home games at the start of next season. Ground-sharing talks hit a stumbling block last week when landlords from the GER Social Club pointed out that Wisbech

WISBECH Town Football Club's board still retain hope of using March Town United's GER Stadium for home games at the start of next season.

Ground-sharing talks hit a stumbling block last week when landlords from the GER Social Club pointed out that Wisbech players and supporters would not be able to use the social facilities for refreshments after games because of insurance regulations.

The Wisbech board held a meeting on Wednesday.

They are looking to find another ground to play home games to avoid paying high rent at Fenland Park while their new stadium is built.

Manager Roy McManus said: "The board are still hoping to resolve issues with March and are considering a couple of other locations but nothing has been finalised.

"It's a very frustrating time because we are one month away from the end of the season and don't have plans in place for next year.

"The players, supporters and the league want to know what is happening as soon as possible and I can't commit to next season until I know what is going on.

"But I understand what a difficult situation the board are in."

Veteran centre-back Steve Appleby is in contention for a starting place when Wisbech return to Ridgeons Premier Division action with an away match at Walsham-le-Willows tomorrow.

The 40-year-old returns from a back injury but faces stiff competition for a starting place.

He has been a key part of the Fenmen's fight against relegation, but his team-mates recorded their biggest win of the season - 5-1 at home to Haverhill Rovers - in his absence.

Skipper Lee Day and Paul Cousins performed well at the heart of the Wisbech defence in that match.

Wisbech boss Roy McManus said: "It's hard to think about dropping anyone when the lads produced such an excellent performance and pulled off a result like that against a decent side.

"But Steve has been crucial for us this season and a real leader on the pitch, so it's left me scratching my head a bit. But it's a good problem to have."

Wisbech will be without midfielder Stuart Ablett who is suspended but, otherwise, McManus has a full squad to choose from.


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