Cup tie has added spice for Fenmen

Wisbech come face-to-face with ex-boss Dick Creasey for the first time since his summer exit in today's FA Cup extra preliminary round tie at Holbeach.

Wisbech come face-to-face with ex-boss Dick Creasey for the first time since his summer exit in today's FA Cup extra preliminary round tie at Holbeach.

Creasey left Fenland Park citing financial constraints. Ex-Fenmen stalwart Shaun Keeble is also part of the Tulips coaching staff and Town joint manager Ian Jones insists his men need no extra motivation ahead of the cup tie.

“We have a very difficult (league) game against Soham on Tuesday,” he said. “That game is a priority for us but some of the players have a message for the Holbeach management and they are desperate to play. There will be no pressure on us at Holbeach and they will be hot favourites to win. It will be nice to get a result over them but the most important thing is that we put in a good performance.”

Grant Rider (shin) is a doubt but Stuart Brown and Stuart Ablett are available after Wisbech opened their Ridgeons Premier account with a draw in the midweek derby against King's Lynn Reserves.


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“On paper, it was a good one but having come away from the match I was disappointed that we didn't win,” said Jones. “I definitely see the match as two points dropped rather than one gained. Lynn had one or two very good players in their side but I thought that we bossed the game for the first half an hour of the second half. They came back at us in the final stages and it was end-to-end stuff.”

Dereham and neighbours Fakenham meet at Aldiss Park. Magpies' boss Rob Taylor is missing James Wilson, Ben Darby and Simon Mann. Andy Moody, Mark Culyer and Wes Baines have been drafted into the squad. Managerless Fakenham have leaked nine goals in their opening two First Division games.

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Wroxham host Hadleigh buoyed by a 4-1 Ridgeons Premier win at Lowestoft.

“We've got off to a great start in the league,” said Yachtsmen boss Damian Hilton. “Tuesday's victory was a huge confidence booster. Clearly we want to make further progress in the FA Cup which is a lucrative tournament as well as in the FA Vase and the Norfolk Senior Cup. Hadleigh play in the division below so I expect to make progress into the next round.”

Wroxham are without Ben Thompson. Lee Gilman is poised to shake off a slight knock. New Norwich United recruit Danny Self and Andy Key are set to retain their places.

Lowestoft chief Micky Chapman expects a positive reaction at Needham Market.

“We have to bounce back and put that right in the FA Cup,” he said. “We've always said the sign of a good side is how you respond to defeat - that's important - and we're looking for a reaction away at Needham Market. It won't be easy but everything that's happened has happened. I am sure our fans will know that we won't play like that again and one inept half does not make us a bad side. I have lost no confidence or belief in them because of a poor 45 minutes - we have no doubts that the boys will respond.”

Bradley Hough and Ross King are unavailable. Andy Reynolds (ribs) and Matty Potter are major injury doubts.

Kirkley and Pakefield front man Alan Remblance faces up to five weeks on the sidelines with a fractured jaw suffered in the midweek win at Norwich United. Boss Nick Shorten is also without injured winger Nathan Stone for the Ridgeons Premier League home test against Newmarket.

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