Chapman wary of the Fenmen
Lowestoft boss Micky Chapman will not underestimate Wisbech in today's Ridgeons Premier tussle at Crown Meadow. The Fenmen beat the FA Vase finalists at Fenland Park last season, but the unbeaten Blues moved six points clear at the top with a 6-1 humbling of Haverhill last time out.
Lowestoft boss Micky Chapman will not underestimate Wisbech in today's Ridgeons Premier tussle at Crown Meadow.
The Fenmen beat the FA Vase finalists at Fenland Park last season, but the unbeaten Blues moved six points clear at the top with a 6-1 humbling of Haverhill last time out.
"They've been picking up some good results," said Chapman. "If we're not right they can hurt us - so we have to guard against that and make sure we get ourselves right. We will be doing everything we can to keep this unbeaten run going and get more wins on the board - but at the same time, we are keeping our feet firmly on the ground. I don't have any criticism with the lads' attitudes, they have been absolutely first class - but we know we have to get ourselves right again as we have another big week ahead of us.
"Wisbech is our only focus of attention at the moment, but come 5pm on Saturday we will think about next week - and another big game in the league cup against Leiston. We've played them once already this season, but this is a different competition and a different game."
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Fenmen boss Steve Taylor is confident striker Scott Cubberley will reject a seven day approach from Ridgeons rivals King's Lynn. The 20-year-old bagged his first senior hat-trick for the club in last weekend's win at Woodbridge.
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"Scott's happy at Wisbech and I expect him to stay," said Taylor. "He's been played out of position a bit in the past but he's really enjoying his football now. He signed a Wisbech contract when he was 17 and he felt a bit of pressure. He's a good lad and I want to keep him at Wisbech for the long-term."
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