NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: ‘Wounded’ Wisbech St Mary hit with back-to-back league defeats

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

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

Wisbech St Mary manager Arran Duke has admitted his side are playing like wounded animals after back-to-back Thurlow Nunn First Division defeats.

Danny Setchell is challenged. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Danny Setchell is challenged. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

Duke’s men were sent to their third and fourth straight league defeats over the Easter weekend to sides that have since claimed promotion to the Thurlow Nunn League’s flagship division.

The Saints were beaten 2-0 by Stowmarket Town on Saturday afternoon before suffering a 4-0 hammering away at Coggeshall Town yesterday, and Duke says the last few weeks have been a learning curve for everyone at Beechings Close.

Danny Emmington. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Danny Emmington. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

“It was a really tough weekend for us,” he said.

“We were up against two of the top sides in the league, both of whom won promotion this weekend.

Action from Wisbech St Mary's 2-0 defeat to Stowmarket Town. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Action from Wisbech St Mary's 2-0 defeat to Stowmarket Town. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant


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“We had decent spells in both games but ultimately the opposition’s quality shone through and they have both gone up and deservedly so.

“We looked a bit wounded at the minute and with no Jack Friend and Nick Davey it was always going to be tough.”

Dan Smith goes to make a save. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Dan Smith goes to make a save. PHOTO: Ian Carter - Credit: Archant

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St Mary haven’t tasted victory in the league since March 28, and Duke is hopeful his side can reverse that poor form this weekend against mid-table rivals Debenham LC.

“We have three league games left and I have asked the lads to show me some fight in those games,” he said.

“I think this tough period for us has taught me more about myself and the lads and the areas we all need to improve on.

“That will only make us stronger and wiser for the future. It has been a steep learning curve for me this season but one I’m sure will benefit the side in the future.”

The Saints are currently 15th in the league standings.

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