Wisbech Town assistant manager Dear calls for calm ahead of FA Cup clash with March Town United

WISBECH Town’s assistant manager Chris Dear has urged the Fenmen to stay calm ahead of their crunch FA Cup clash with March Town United on Saturday.

Former player Dear was left out of the Wisbech Town side that lost 2-0 to Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup Second Round in 1997.

But Steve Appleby’s assistant is now looking towards Saturday’s preliminary round clash with neighbours March - dreaming of another cup run.

“I have been involved in cup runs where we have fallen at the final hurdle,” he said. “Everyone dreams of getting to that first round and appearing on Match of the Day.

“The competition has got such fantastic prestige and it holds a place in most football fans’ hearts.

“Saturday is a big game for both clubs and both sets of supporters. At this moment in time I’m looking at it as if they are favourites. With home advantage and after beating us in pre-season, why shouldn’t they be?

“It won’t be a day for the faint-hearted. Everybody understands the scale of the tie and how important it is for local people.

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“We’ll try to stay relaxed, we’ll approach it properly and then it’s a case of going to March and doing whatever it takes to win.”

Saturday’s clash kicks off at 3pm at the GER.