NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke ‘gutted’ after title-chasing Haverhill Borough snatch late win

PUBLISHED: 12:23 27 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:23 27 March 2017

Jack Friend failed to find the net for the first time in three games as Wisbech St Mary were beaten 1-0 by Haverhill Borough on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Jack Friend failed to find the net for the first time in three games as Wisbech St Mary were beaten 1-0 by Haverhill Borough on Saturday afternoon. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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Arran Duke admitted he was “gutted” for his Wisbech St Mary side after a late goal saw them slip to defeat in the Thurlow Nunn First Division last Saturday.

The Saints were undone by Haverhill Borough, who snatched all three points courtesy of a Jarid Robson goal at the death at Beechings Close.

St Mary welcomed a Haverhill side on the hunt for the league title but the teams were evenly matched until Ricky Bowden received a controversial red card seven minutes before the break.

But the Saints dug in deep and looked set to deny Borough their third straight league win until Robson popped up with a late winner.

“It was always going to be tough against a good Haverhill side but it was even harder having to do it with 10 men for an hour,” said boss Duke.

“Ricky’s was a challenge that divided opinion but we reacted well and played some good stuff whilst having to work extremely hard.

“That took a lot out of the players and we were hit with a sucker punch with only a few minutes to go.

“I’m gutted for the lads – they deserved something from the game but it was another performance with plenty of positives with a very young group.”

Duke also praised the influence of debutant Danny Setchell, who made his Saints bow following his move from King’s Lynn Town in the week.

“Danny played well from the start and put in a very good shift,” he said.

“We’re building a group with a long-term plan and the young players are getting plenty of experiences at this level this season and it’s exciting for the future.”

St Mary return to league action tomorrow with a trip to lowly Needham Market Reserves, and Duke has set his sights on returning to Fenland with their first three points since March 11.

“We’ll go to Needham Market looking for a win,” he said.

“We’ll go there strong and looking to get three points on the board.”

The Saints currently sit in 13th in the standings, three points behind Downham Market in 11th.


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