‘There’s plenty to play for’ says Appleby ahead of two-year anniversary as Wisbech Town boss
AMBITIOUS Steve Appleby has insisted that Wisbech Town still have plenty to play for as he prepares to celebrate his two-year anniversary as Fenmen boss.
Saturday’s postponed fixture with Felixstowe & Walton United leaves Wisbech ninth in the Ridgeons Premier Division, with several games in hand on their promotion rivals.
But Appleby, who will celebrate two years in charge of the Fenmen when they host Diss Town on Saturday, has told his troops that they can still go up.
“The FA Vase run ending has detracted from what’s been going on,” he said. “Although a lot of people think there’s not a lot to play for I disagree.
“There’s still plenty to play for because there’s a lot of football left. We aimed to improve on last year’s fourth-placed finish and to try get promotion.
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“That’s still my aim – nothing has changed.”
Appleby shrugged off his two-year milestone, instead choosing to praise his assistant Darren Jimson and the squad’s togetherness.
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“I hadn’t realised it was my two-year anniversary and I won’t be thinking about that fact on Saturday.
“We are a group, we are together, and it’s never been about me.”
The Wisbech boss said he would consider his future again in the summer.
“I won’t walk away during the season,” he said. “I speak the truth and I will never change. I say how it is.
“I just want the right things to be happening. If we lose to a better side I’d hold my hands up but this season has been frustrating.
“Things have added up which have annoyed me. Refs haven’t used common sense and now our away game at Felixstowe & Walton United has been rescheduled for a midweek – surely it could have been moved to a weekend?
“Some lads will have to take days off work and common sense needs to be used. The whole system of football at this level needs to be looked at because every penny is vital for every club, including Wisbech Town.
“That’s been my major frustration and disappointment this year which has taken away a lot of enjoyment but we’ll crack on.”
Former captain Paul Cousins is set to start against Diss on Saturday, while Anthony Reeve is doubtful with a groin injury.