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Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt confident elusive win will come soon

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Wisbech St Mary manager Paul Hunt is confident that first win of the season is just around the corner - and looking forward to hosting league leaders Harleston Town next Saturday.

After his side enjoyed large spells of possession in a 3-0 defeat at play-off chasing UEA this afternoon, Hunt said: "The win will come soon. Every week, how well we have sometimes done in training, I think this is the one we will win.

"In our last game at Yarmouth (0-0) we were close to it, two weeks before we had two chances that could have got us a win (1-2 defeat at Leiston Reseves), so we have been really close in the last five or six weeks.

Saints boss Paul Hunt
Saints boss Paul Hunt

"Today, in the first half, we had three or four chances where we broke and just needed to make the right pass to get in behind them. But we are getting closer and closer and the performances are pleasing.

"Yes, we conceded three today, but you can look at all three and see where the mistakes led to goals, whereas in months gone by it was a case of the opposition having multiple chances and playing through a team too easily.

"Even when we let in a goal now we have that bit of confidence that we know how to stop the other team getting the possession they want and we also know how to put them under pressure as well.

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

"We played Downham a few weeks ago and lost to a really lucky goal and they are competing for the league with Harleston and maybe Sheringham, so we've proved we can compete against the top teams and we are not an easy push now. So we are looking forward to playing Harelston."

Saints conceded early in both halfs and the manager added: "First half they caught us cold and played through us for an early goal, but for the rest of the half we held a good shape, we were a threat and were quite comfortable.

"Second half we lost an early goal again, but then offered a good threat again but didn't quite make that final pass at the top end of the pitch.

"The last few weeks we have been right in games until the end, and then you push players on looking to get a goal and that leaves you open at the back, and at the moment we are then getting caught out.

"For the next seven days we will do everything we can to make sure we are as good and as competitive as we can be. With the group of players we have here, we are getting better every week.

"I came into this knowing it was not going to be a quick fix. It is about hard work over a period of time. We are operating on a squad of about 14 at the moment and we do need bigger than that but close season is the time to bring players in."

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