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