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Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt excited for rest of Thurlow Nunn First Division North campaign

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Wisbech St Mary boss Paul Hunt says he and his players are excited for a push in the second half of the season.

The Saints kicked off 2022 with a hard-fought 1-0 loss to new Thurlow Nunn League First Division North leaders Downham Town on January 3.

Now the bottom-placed side are gearing up for a trip to Leiston Reserves this Saturday, and Hunt can't wait for the rest of the campaign.

Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt
Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt

"I've probably got about 12 or 13 lads now who, week in week out, are at training all the time," he said.

"They work hard in training, they're at every game, they're always where they're supposed to be.

"They're not people who are late or letting you down or anything. They're in the frame every single week, and I think that's the strength of it.

"They're learning together, developing together and enjoy spending time together as well.

"Hopefully we can go one step further and get some wins in now."

St Mary are still looking for their first win of the season, having picked up just a single point so far in 2021/22.

Hunt believes the trip to Leiston this weekend represents a good opportunity to kick-start their campaign.

"We're looking for a performance much the same as the one against Downham, and as always we want to build on that," he said.

"We worked hard in training over the Christmas period. Our game was called off last Saturday but we then trained, and we'll look to do so again on Wednesday and be ready to go on Saturday.

"We've had a couple of poor results on AstroTurf, which doesn't really suit us at the moment. On grass pitches we're looking more and more competitive, if you look at the games we've had recently on it.

"We've had some good performances on grass and that's what we'll look to do again."

Hunt said that he had been very pleased with his players' performances against Downham in the new year, adding: "We grew stronger and we were catching them on the counter a lot.

"That was a really good performance by our lads against a top team."

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