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Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Becket sets target of best ever Eastern Counties League finish

Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett believes his side are in better shape than they’ve been in for years.

The Saints kick off their pre-season schedule this week after a lengthy lay-off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After only staving off relegation from the Eastern Counties League (ECL) Division One North due to the competition being curtailed, Beckett has loftier ambitions in mind for the restart.

Wisbech St Mary v AFC Sudbury reserves Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett (44663528)
Wisbech St Mary v AFC Sudbury reserves Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett (44663528)

“We have to be ambitious,” he said.

“There are four or five good teams that have left the division now.

“I think the best ever finish we’ve had is around mid-table, thirteenth or so, and we want to do better than that.

“We want to take Wisbech St Mary to the best finish that we can.

“There are still some teams in the league that we aren’t going to compete with on a budget level, but that’s not to say we can’t compete on the pitch.

“We’re certainly looking like we’re going to be a lot more competitive than we have been over the last two years.”

Wisbech St Mary will begin their friendly fixtures against Cherry Hinton FC early next month, with league fixtures planned to commence on the weekend of July 31.

Becket says he is happy with the squad he has managed to assemble.

He said: “We’ve got some signings lined up. They’re not completely confirmed yet, so it would be a bit foolish of me to drop their names before they actually are.

“There’s plenty lined up, and there will be some players going out as well.

“I’m not going to count my chickens if that makes sense, but equally we’re not looking too far off. It’s a nice position to be in really, and we’re looking forward to starting back.”

With rivals March Town FC being promoted, The Saints will have a new derby match this season against Parson Drove.

However, Beckett says his side won’t be distracted by those fixtures.

“It’s going to be interesting. Listen, we’re not looking forward to any games more than others. We know that we’re going to have to play well for a period of around 40 games. We know we’re going to have to perform well in every single one of them to get where we want to be.

“The derby games are nice, but you can’t just look at them. You have to look at the trips to Yarmouth and places like that on Tuesday nights, you have to make sure you’re up for those kinds of games as well.

“It’s just about us getting back together and trying to get back to some sort of normality, and getting some games in.”

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