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Wisbech St Mary boss Paul Hunt is hoping for another strong showing against Diss Town after a narrow defeat to Great Yarmouth

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Continuing the run of improved performances since he took the helm will bring an upturn in results, says Wisbech St Mary boss Paul Hunt.

The Saints lost 1-0 to Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday after an end-to-end encounter which leaves them 11 points behind their rivals and ten points from Needham Market Reserves in 15th spot.

However, Hunt saw plenty of positives and said his side were complimented by the opposition manager after the full-time whistle.

Wisbech St Mary boss Paul Hunt
Wisbech St Mary boss Paul Hunt

"At times, there was good quality from both sides," he said.

"It was a hard-fought game. Both teams had periods of time where they were on top, but throughout the whole game it was quite even.

"We had some phases where we really got on top and we probably had three goalmouth scrambles which we didn't manage to put in, which was unfortunate.

"I shook their manager's hand at the end and he said 'you deserved a lot more than that today'.

"We did, and I'd say minimum draw. We maybe did enough to edge it, but that's just how it is at the moment.

"I'm really encouraged, because again that was the level of performance that we'd played at in the game before as well.

"I said we want to get to that level every week and they did again this time, so I'm happy with the players again."

St Mary have picked up just a single point since Hunt took over from previous manager Stuart Beckett - their only of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North season so far - but the upturn in performance level has been significant.

That fact hasn't gone amiss on Hunt, who is looking for his players to build on the improvements.

"I've said before that the performances are the first thing that you're looking for," he said.

"Then you keep working hard and building on that, and the results will come.

"We've been really unfortunate not to get a result against Leiston, we've been unfortunate not to get a t least a point against Great Yarmouth. So those are two good performances with what is still a really small squad..

"We haven't got a big squad, so when there are a few call-offs it's hard at times."

With that in mind, the former Swaffham Town boss is expecting more of the same this weekend when the Saints host Diss Town.

"Again, we want to hit that consistency," he said.

"We're only going to get better, the lads are going to get fitter.

"If we keep putting in performances like we are, our fitness is going to get better and the tactical side of what we want to do will get better. So I know the results will come.

"If the lads do that every week for me, the points will come.

"The close-knit group have worked so hard for me in training, and you know as a coach the changes don't happen overnight. They happen in small bursts week on week.

"We're not close to how good we can be as a structure, but we're moving on that road."

St Mary remain rooted to the bottom of the table, ten points from the side sitting above them.

Wisbech St Mary vs Great Yarmouth Town: Key, Smith, Tindall, Goult, Robinson, Jose, Willmott, Baker, Tansley, Williams, McKenna (Subs: Pepper, Goodale, Hughes, Keys)

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