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Wisbech St Mary FC Thurlow Nunn League postponed game at Debenham LC gives new boss Stuart Beckett time to organise great escape bid

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Wisbech St Mary’s Thurlow Nunn League Division One North game at Debenham LC was postponed at the weekend but new Saints manager Stuart Beckett said it gives him and his team time to organise a last-ditch bid to escape relegation, with Saints seven points adrift at the bottom.

Saints manager Stuart Beckett said of the Storm Jorge-prompted postponement: “It’s disappointing but we know we’ve got things to work on, so as much as it’s frustrating not playing games at the minute, we’ve got stuff to work on.

“So it gives us a little bit more time and extra preparation for Framlingham and then Fakenham at home on the 20th, which will hopefully be a big game as it’s a Friday night and hopefully it’ll be a big crowd, so that would be nice.”

New player manager Stuart Beckett (29610539)
New player manager Stuart Beckett (29610539)

On a possible fixture backlog Beckett said: “It’s not too bad.

“We’ve got to go to Great Yarmouth on a Tuesday night and now there’s Debenham away but, other than that, it’s not too bad.

“We’ve only got 11 fixtures left so we should be able to manage it fairly well. It’s nice that we can get prepared. The run of games might be best and might give us a little bit of momentum and on a bit of a roll, to be fair.

“In an ideal world we’d love to be playing football but perhaps it’s a bit of a blessing in disguise and we’ll take the silver lining.”

As a long-serving defender himself, with more than 20 years’ experience at the ‘Purple Army’ club, the amount of goals conceded is a worry.

Beckett added: “We’ve conceded far too many goals, we know that. But it’s not just defensively we’ve got problems, it’s the whole team’s effort rather than the back four or the central partnership, really.

“It’s the whole team that needs to improve but we know that and we’ll get the extra time to work on it.”

No game for the Saints this week and their next fixture is at Framlingham Town on Saturday, March 14.

On possible signings, Beckett said: “There’s a couple in the pipeline and we just haven’t got them over the line yet.”

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