Ridgeons Football League
Published 26th July 2012
....Steve Appleby a massive headache, but you won’t hear him complaining too much.
Before Tuesday night’s friendly against Peterborough Northern Star, the Fenmen have rattled off four wins with seventeen goals scored and only two conceded as they build up for the first league game of the season on August 4th against Walsham-le-Willows at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
They oozed class as they swept March Town United aside on Saturday with an 8-1 win to follow other very good performances against Spalding United and King’s Lynn Town.
Appleby has a first-team squad of seventeen and has been rotating his players and tactics so far. Last Saturday he started with a 3-5-2 formation to switch to 4-3-3 in the second half and both worked admirably.
Appleby said: “We have tried three or four different systems and whatever we have done has worked for us. So we now know we have also a plan B and C if we ever need them. We scored some pleasing goals on Saturday and there were some good performances.
“To be fair all the players have done well in the four games so far but we can only pick eleven players to start the first league game so it will leave Chris, Darren and myself with a bit of headache, but a nice one. We will just have to try and keep everyone happy.
“At the moment the boys are so confident and everyone is enjoying it.
“There is a real buzz around the place. Perhaps we need to go a goal behind and see what the reaction is but winning is a good habit and gives confidence.
“I have told them when they are stepping on to the pitch they have got to have the confidence to be expecting to win every game without being arrogant. “
“We will need a squad of seventeen players if we are to be successful this season. Games come thick and fast at the start of the season and you are always likely to pick up the odd injury so someone will always be getting a chance.”
Wisbech already have two players on the sidelines with Paul Cousins (foot) and Scott Johnson (hamstring.)
Cousins was expected to play against PNS, who have signed former Fenman Sam Murphy, but Johnson will be given until perhaps Saturday to recover.