Ridgeons League: Appleby urges Wisbech Town to forget table and focus on winning games in hand

Wisbech Town boss Steve Appleby has urged his side to forget about the Ridgeons Premier Division table and focus on winning their games in hand.

Even though a 1-0 win at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday and a 4-0 drubbing of Norwich United on Tuesday lifted Wisbech Town back to sixth in the table, the Fenmen boss has told his players to forget about their league position for now.

'We were at the races against Norwich and we were really up for it,' said Appleby.

'It was one wave of attack after another, the midfield was good and we defended well. It was a pretty complete performance. We're hoping that the games will come thick and fast because when you're winning you just want that next game.

'I've told the boys not to look at the league table now but look at it in two or three weeks when we have our played games in hand. All of a sudden, we could end up back near the top.'

Appleby's outfit, who along with Wroxham applied for promotion this season, could return to the top three if they win their games in hand.

They host FC Clacton today with Lewis Thompson (ankle) a doubt. Appleby hopes Paul Cousins will shrug off a nasty shin injury sustained on Tuesday to play.

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Fourth-placed Dereham travel to Diss Town on the back of a promising 2-2 draw at second-placed Brantham Athletic.

The Magpies are unbeaten in four games and Matt Henman believes confidence is returning to his improved squad.

'We conceded two goals quickly to go behind so the lads showed a lot of character and desire to stay in the game,' said Henman.

'We definitely deserved a point. The period in and around November hurt us but we're really beginning to look like our old selves again.

'We need to show the same desire against Diss today who are a hard side to beat.'

Veteran striker Stuart Jopling is set to make his debut for Robert Taylor's Diss with the Tangerines boss believing his influence will help his other players flourish.

'Stuart is a player who can hold the ball up and to be fair he is the type of target man we've been missing,' said Taylor.

'He will bring out the confidence in other players to do that because they know they'll get the ball back and help the rest of the team flourish.

'He can score goals but it's his overall play which will really help us – he's hopefully the missing piece of our jigsaw.'

Elsewhere in the Premier Division, table-topping Wroxham travel to Wivenhoe Town, Gorleston are at Woodbridge Town while Kirkley & Pakefield are away to Stanway Rovers. Struggling Great Yarmouth Town host Haverhill Rovers, Norwich United welcome CRC.

In the First Division, Mark Scott is urging his Norfolk Senior Cup finalists Thetford Town to forget about their Carrow Road final and concentrate on promotion.

Scott's fourth-placed team welcome Cornard United today before hosting Downham Town, who are at Team Bury today, on Tuesday. Mid-table Fakenham Town, unbeaten in six, entertain table-topping Godmanchester Rovers, unbeaten in five.

Paul Hunt's injury-ravaged Swaffham Town are at Brett Whaley's promotion-chasing March Town United.