NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Duke’s Wisbech St Mary ready to go ahead of league opener

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

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

Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke says his players are more prepared than ever as they head into their opening Thurlow Nunn Division One fixture this weekend.

It’s been a summer of change for the Saints – with a new club created, new sponsors, newly-named stadium and a host of new players coming in – and Duke says his players look better than before ahead as they prepare to host Woodbridge Town this weekend.

“It’s been a very positive pre-season; we’ve learnt plenty and the new lads have all fitted into the system really well,” he said.

“We look fitter than this time last season and that will be important.”

The Saints finished their pre-season schedule with a 3-2 defeat to Wisbech Town on Tuesday and Duke says his side have learnt a lot from their summer fixtures.

“We’ve experimented – some things have worked and some certainly haven’t but that’s what these games are about,” he said.

“We’re looking forward to getting going and kicking on from last season.”