NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Arran Duke praises in-form Wisbech St Mary hotshot Jack Friend

PUBLISHED: 10:29 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 10:46 03 August 2017

Wisbech St Mary striker Jack Friend has found the net five times in the Saints' first two Thurlow Nunn Division One matches. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary striker Jack Friend has found the net five times in the Saints' first two Thurlow Nunn Division One matches. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke has praised striker Jack Friend after the hotshot found the net five times in two games this week.

The former Peterborough United star bagged a hat-trick in St Mary’s 7-3 opening day defeat to Woodbridge Town before striking a brace – including a last-minute winner - in their 3-2 win over Swaffham Town last night.

“Saturday was a very strange game – we didn’t seem to get going until the second half and for a long period we were 3-2 down and pushing for an equaliser,” Duke said.

“They punished us with four goals but a big positive was Jack’s hat-trick. Last night, he found the net in added time and got a big three points for us and looks to be in fine form.”

The Saints go to newly-promoted Little Oakley on Saturday (3pm) and Duke, while admitting that his squad is still settling in, thinks his men are capable of breaking into the Thurlow Nunn Division One’s top 10.

“We’re still settling in but we’re confident that we have a group that can improve on last season’s finish,” he said.

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