Caretaker carries on as Wisbech Town seek Appleby’s replacement

Wisbech Town. Dick Creasey

Wisbech Town. Dick Creasey - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town hope to announce their new manager on Monday – but today it'll be business as usual for Dick Creasey.

The Fenmen's former boss has been looking after the club since Steve Appleby resigned on September 2. And although he expected to end his temporary reign after Tuesday's home game with Boston Town, Creasey will remain in charge for the visit of Yaxley in the United Counties League (UCL) Premier Division.

The Boston-based boss has overseen an improvement in Wisbech's form since taking charge. Assisted by current players Paul Cousins and Scott Johnson, his team have picked up four points from their last two games.

But while he has enjoyed his brief return to management, Creasey still insists he has no plans to take the role permanently.

He said: 'I know what this league's about and I've enjoyed being back.


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'If I lived closer to Wisbech I might consider doing the job on a permanent basis but that is not the case.

'I got asked after Tuesday if I could carry on until Saturday. As far as I'm aware an announcement is coming soon but if I'm honest I haven't got a clue.

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'It's just business as usual and I'll be trying to pick up three points. If circumstances had been different, I'd be trying to strengthen our squad. But that's very difficult to do in a caretaker position. However, we're working on that, we know we've got to strengthen, and there may be a new arrival before kick-off.'

Substitute Ollie Gale's strike and Tom James' brace helped Wisbech secure a morale-boosting 3-0 win at Harborough Town, on Saturday.

But they had to settle for a 1-1 draw against strugglers Boston Town, on Tuesday, in their first home game since Appleby's shock departure.

And Creasey admits that Wisbech, their opponents in midweek and today's visitors to the Elgood's Fenland Stadium are among a group of clubs who are underperforming so far this term.

Creasey said: 'I think if you were looking at the UCL at the start of the season everybody was talking about AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Spalding.

'Then there were several teams, Wisbech come into that category, as do Boston Town and Yaxley, that were expected to be right up there. But those three clubs are not doing as well as they probably should be.

'We got a point against Boston on Tuesday, which we were disappointed to get. We just lacked a little bit of quality that I feel would have won us the game quite comfortably.

'We could only pick up a point in midweek so hopefully we can pick up three points against Yaxley today.'

Johnson, Callum Reed (suspended) and Tom Roberts (injured) are unavailable. Ewan Clarke could be asked to play for his parent club King's Lynn Town. Leverington 'keeper Jack Thorpe will retain his place in goal.

'We're a little bit down to the bare bones,' admitted Creasey.

'I'd like to thank Leverington for letting us use Jack again. Tom is nearly there but you have to be careful with dislocated shoulders. We've got irons in the fire though if he ends up being out longer than the few weeks we expect.'

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