NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Final date for Wisbech St Mary after successful end to league campaign

PUBLISHED: 10:37 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 09 May 2018

Wisbech St Mary manager Arran Duke saw his side suffer cup final defeat for the second season running. Picture: IAN CARTER

Wisbech St Mary manager Arran Duke saw his side suffer cup final defeat for the second season running. Picture: IAN CARTER

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Wisbech St Mary are out to go one better on Friday night - and lift the Thurlow Nunn League First Division KO Cup.

Arran Duke’s men face a tough test against promoted side Whitton in a final being staged at Diss Town FC, 7.30pm.

“It’s a big ask but anything can happen in a cup final,” said Duke. “We were beaten in the final of this competition last season and would love to go one better.”

Saints beat Holland FC 2-1 last Saturday to complete their league campaign in winning style. Dean Miller and Tom Chilton hit the goals at the ABC Quality Meats Stadium.

The club’s two outstanding league fixtures – against Little Oakley and Debenham LC – will not now take place. It means Saints finish 18th whereas they could have climbed as high as 14th with two more victories.

“It’s been a tough season,” added Duke. “But we’ve reached a cup final, had our best run in the Vase and given a lot of young players plenty of football at this level.

“There are lots of positives to take from it and plenty of things to build on for the future.

“Next season will be my 10th as manager and there is still a lot more I’d like to achieve with this club.”

Saints won four of their opening six league games, but had a five-and-a-half month wait for another First Division success in February. They finished the season well by winning seven of their final 14 games.

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