NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Duke hails Wisbech St Mary's spirit after Cornard United victory

Wisbech St Mary manager, Arran Duke. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Wisbech St Mary manager, Arran Duke. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Arran Duke has hailed the spirit of his Wisbech St Mary men after they claimed another Thurlow Nunn Premier Division victory last weekend.

The Saints sealed a 2-1 victory over Cornard United on Saturday to extend their positive start to the season which has seen them win four of their six matches.

Jack Friend netted his seventh goal of the campaign to give the hosts the lead but their advantage didn’t last for long as William Harvis levelled for the Suffolk side.

Captain Nick Davey spurned the opportunity to fire his side into the lead from the spot but Dale Parnell spared the Saints’ blushes with a strike just seconds after the restart.

“It was a hard-fought victory but a good reaction after the defeat to Leiston,” Duke said.

“We made a number of changes to the line-up – most notably 17-year-old Aiden Sewell, who made his first team debut and was very impressive.

“We went into half time at 1-1 but from the restart we came out with great purpose and scored within a minute.

“We played some good stuff up until the end of the game. It was a game we would have lost last season and there’s a real positive atmosphere in the group at the minute.”

The Saints are currently sat in the top four of the league standings and could go four points clear in fourth if they can beat King’s Lynn Town Reserves on Friday evening (7.45pm).

Lynn’s second string have experienced an inconsistent start to their campaign but will be buoyed by their most recent performance – a 6-1 hammering of Needham Market Reserves last Saturday.

“It’s a big game for both teams and one both teams will go into with confidence,” Duke added.

“It looks like it could be a great game and we are looking forward to it.”

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