‘Bragging rights’ at stake as fierce rivals King’s Lynn Town and Wisbech Town meet in ‘friendly’
PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 July 2012
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Managers Gary Setchell and Steve Appleby both admit today’s derby between King’s Lynn Town and Wisbech Town has more riding on it than most friendlies.
Linnets boss Setchell - who used to manage Wisbech - insists there is a “meaningful feel” to the clash between the fierce A47 rivals.
And with a host of players having crossed the ‘uncrossable’ divide since the clubs last played in 2003, Setchell believes there will be plenty of competitiveness on show this afternoon.
He said: “There’s been lots of banter flying about on forums. This game’s certainly got a meaningful feel to it, which is a good thing. There were a couple of meaty tackles in our match against Yaxley and I expect it to be no different today.
“I get on well with Apps (Appleby), their board, and some of their players. A few of those get on with ours and visa versa. There’s definitely bragging rights up for grabs.”
Rob Hughes (groin) will miss the game after injuring himself during Lynn’s 3-3 draw at Yaxley on Thursday. Former Peterborough Northern Star midfielder Ali Nyang will be given a trial by Setchell at The Walks this afternoon (3pm kick-off) as a result.
Wisbech beat Sleaford Town 2-0 on the same night and Fenmen boss Appleby looks likely to include Paul Cousins - who was sacked by Lynn for an internal dispute last season - in his side again.
Appleby said: “Cousi’s absolutely fine about going back. We haven’t discussed it and we won’t be discussing it. As far as he’s concerned he’s going to play against one of his ex-clubs and he wants to perform. That’s it.
“I wish games like this happened every week. They are the reason you play football - however unfriendly it may be it should make you play better. This will be a competitive game and for the public it’s one to see”.
Setchell, on Cousins, said: “I don’t expect there to be any issues. What happened did so a year ago. It’s done and dusted. Mistakes were made, he’s paid for them and we’ve all moved on.”