Arran Duke: No excuses for Woodbridge Town defeat

Arran Duke.

Arran Duke. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke says his men have no excuses for their heavy defeat last weekend.

The Saints’ impressive recent run was brought to an end by high-flying Woodbridge Town, who eased to a 4-1 success at Beechings Close.

And the St Mary boss admitted that his men lacked quality as they were sent to their first defeat since the beginning of January.

“There were no excuses for the defeat, we just weren’t good enough,” Duke said.

“After a few good results we came back to earth with a bump and it hurt us.

“We lacked in too many areas and that can’t happen. We were punished for it.”

The local lads fell two goals behind in the first half before Jack Friend pulled a goal back.

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But the former Peterborough United star’s strike would prove to be the only highlight as the Suffolk side rattled in two more goals in the second period.

“We pushed for an equaliser but we were caught on twice which is disappointing,” Duke added.

“We are working on a few things and the more we learn the better we will become for it but lessons like Saturday are hard to take.”

And things don’t get any easier for Duke’s men – they travel to take on league-toppers Coggeshall Town this Saturday (3pm).

The Essex outfit are unbeaten at home this term, and Duke says only a much-improved performance will give his side any chance of toppling them.

“We know a big performance is needed,” he said.

“The lads know I expect more from them and I’m hoping to see an improved performance.

“All the lads are playing for a shirt I’m looking forward to seeing them fight for it, especially with a lot of important cup games coming up.”

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