Wisbech re-sign old boy Smith
Ridgeons Premier Division Wisbech Town have re-signed winger Billy Smith following his recent release from neighbours King's Lynn.
Fringe player Smith left the United Counties League title challengers earlier this week after just 12 league appearances since leaving the Fenmen in the summer.
Wisbech boss Steve Appleby was keen to bring the pace 24-year-old back into the fold to bolster the Fenmen's top six league push.
'He's coming back because I never wanted him to leave but I'll never knock him for trying new things,' said Appleby. 'We never fell out and I've spoken to him a fair bit so we welcome him back and we'll start with a clean slate.
'He's an exciting player who I like because he's very pacy and can score goals. He might have to spend a bit of time in the reserves first to play a bit of football but we're happy to have strengthened both squads again.'
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Smith joined the Linnets along with Alex Street and Scott Cubberley during the summer but was released following the return of Chris Bacon to The Walks.
'After careful consideration, I decided it was too good an opportunity to miss,' Appleby told the club's official site. 'Billy is a local lad who has done well for the club in the past and he wears his heart on his sleeve. We haven't just brought Billy back to sit on the bench - he's already done quite enough of that this season.
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'There are players who are ahead of him, but no doubt Billy will want to show everyone what he's capable of. Let's get behind Billy and the rest of the lads and push on. He will be good for the club, whatever capacity he plays in.'
King's Lynn's delayed FA Vase third round tie at Beckenham remains in serious doubt this weekend with Becks' officials confirming there has been 'little or no change' to the snow-covered playing surface at Eden Park Avenue. The original tie on December 4 was postponed with the Kent-based club's pitch under a layer of snow.