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Wisbech vs Desborough
Isaac Tozer

This weekend seventh place Wisbech Town take on fifth place Desborough Town in the United Counties League Premier Division, a game which could prove to be pivotal at the top end of the table. We spoke to both managers about their feelings going into this weekend’s fixture, here’s what Wisbech Town manager Gary Setchell had to say.


UCL: You currently sit seventh in the League, how do you feel the season has gone so far?

Gary Setchell: We've done well in our last 10 games, we had a bit of a slow start losing 4 out of our first 6 games, but the lads have been top class since I’ve been here, so I can’t have any complaints really.


UCL: What are you aiming to achieve come the end of the season?

Gary Setchell: We would like to get promoted, were clawing our way back after a poor start, but promotion will be tough, so we would like to finish in a respectable position. The nature of the league makes it even harder to get promoted, you have tough games every week and you can always get beaten. We want to try and keep our best players kit and we'll just have to see where that takes us.


UCL: What are the key strengths of your squad?

Gary Setchell: We’ve got a brilliant togetherness and work ethic within our group. We are a very organised side and they all work very hard for one another.


UCL: What are you expecting from Desborough this weekend?

Gary Setchell: It’ll be a tough game, they’ve got Jason Turner who I know is a good player. They are in the top 6 for a reason, they’ve got a great attack and already beat us once this season, so we know they are a good side.


UCL: Could a win this weekend potentially spur a promotion push for yourselves?

Gary Setchell: I don’t think so, it’s not going to be a match that makes or breaks our season. We have to keep our feet on the ground, were unbeaten in 11 games so we would like to keep that up. It’s an open league and games are coming thick and fast so 3 points would be a great result this weekend.


We also spoke to Desborough Town manager Chris Bradshaw about his thoughts going into the game.


UCL: Fifth in the league after 16 games, how do you feel the season has gone so far?

Chris Bradshaw: Delighted so far, great to see us at the right end of the table. Beating Wisbech and Deeping at home were huge results for us, but then we didn’t pick up 3 points in games such as Harborough and St Andrews, and with no disrespect we should have won those games, so we’ve shown levels of inconsistency, but we’re a lot harder to beat so I reasonably happy.


UCL: What is your ambition come the end of this season?

Chris Bradshaw: Keep us competing at the right end of the table, it’ll be hard for us to win silverware, but we want to get as far as we can in the FA Vase and finish as high as we possibly can in the League.


UCL: What are the core strengths of your team?

Chris Bradshaw: Their an honest bunch of players, there’s no superstars in the team. They’ve got a great work rate and always work for each other, and we’ve build a team around that mentality.


UCL: What are you expecting from Wisbech this weekend?

Chris Bradshaw: There the in-form team in the League, Gary Setchell has come in and made a good impact. They’re a top Prem side and they’ve got a talented squad, so it’ll be a difficult game.


UCL: Could a win this weekend be important come the end of the season as they are near you in the table?

Chris Bradshaw: It’ll still be difficult for us to get promoted even if we win this weekend, as not many sides actually go up, and to be realistic I don’t think we will win the league, but tomorrow’s is definitely an important game and I believe we are capable of winning it.


For anyone interested in attending this weekend’s Premier Division clash, below are the details of the fixture.

04/11/17 15:00

Premier Division

Fenland Stadium

Match Officials:
Ian Pascu
Malcolm Clarke
Robert Holland



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