Halstead Town clash won’t be easy, says Wisbech St Mary boss Duke

Wisbech St Mary manager, Arran Duke.

Wisbech St Mary manager, Arran Duke. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke says his men are full of confidence ahead of this weekend’s clash with Halstead Town – but is aware of the threat the Essex side pose.

Halstead host Duke’s men on the back of a superb FA Cup success over Thurrock last weekend, and the St Mary boss expects a tough 90 minutes tomorrow afternoon.

“They had a great result in the FA Cup so we know it won’t be easy,” Duke said.

“But we go into the game with no fear and full of confidence after five games without defeat. We hope to keep that run going tomorrow.”

The villagers extended their unbeaten run last Friday with a hard-fought 1-1 draw with King’s Lynn Town Reserves.

Over 200 spectators descended on Beechings Close to take in the tie which saw Danny Emmington net his third goal of the season.

And while Duke was pleased with the result, he says it wasn’t the prettiest of matches.

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“It was a very evenly-matched game and both teams had to work very hard for the draw,” he said.

“I was very pleased with the lads and it wasn’t pretty but the work rate and commitment to the task was spot on.

“There was also a fantastic crowd which is brilliant for a club like us.”

Duke is set to welcome back James McManus and Dick Davey for tomorrow’s trip to Essex, with new signing Dan Dougill also expected to link up with the squad.

Youngster Dougill joined St Mary last week on a three-month loan deal from UCL Premier Division side Holbeach United and is expected to take his place in Duke’s starting 11 tomorrow afternoon.

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