Six-goal defeat to Haverhill Borough was ‘dreadful,’ says Wisbech St Mary boss Arran Duke

Arran Duke.

Arran Duke. - Credit: Archant

Arran Duke has vowed his Wisbech St Mary men will bounce back after they suffered their heaviest defeat of the season yesterday afternoon.

The Villagers were hammered 6-0 by Thurlow Nunn Division One rivals Haverhill Borough, and boss Duke has described his side’s first display of 2017 – in which they missed a first-half spot-kick - as “dreadful.”

“It was a dreadful performance from start to finish by us all,” he said.

“From those on the pitch, to me on the sideline – we all let ourselves down with our performance.

“The result did our performance justice.”

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Duke’s men found themselves a goal down early on courtesy of a Jarid Robson strike, before captain James McManus spurned a chance to level when he saw his penalty saved by Borough ‘keeper Paul Walker.

Casey Phillips doubled Haverhill’s lead, before Robson notched his second before half time.

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Gareth Thomas and Craig Pruden netted to extend the Suffolk side’s healthy advantage, before Charlie Holmes bagged a sixth late on to send St Mary to their biggest defeat this season.

“The result hurt us and we could see it after the game,” added Duke, whose side will look to bounce back on Saturday against King’s Lynn Town Reserves (3pm).

“We will need to improve greatly before we play Lynn but I know we will bounce back from it.

“We’ll play with a lot more purpose as it’s a big local derby and the start of a big week which sees us take on King’s Lynn, Huntingdon Town and Downham all in the space of seven days.”

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