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Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett is excited ahead of an FA Vase tie against Great Yarmouth Town

Stuart Beckett hopes an FA Vase tie will help to take his Wisbech St Mary players' minds off their poor start to the season.

After a free weekend in the fixture schedule, The Saints are set to host Great Yarmouth Town at Beechings Close this Saturday.

Beckett believes some cup action could be just what the doctor ordered.

Stuart Beckett (right) is looking forward to an FA Vase tie.
Stuart Beckett (right) is looking forward to an FA Vase tie.

"You have to look forward to these games," he told The Citizen.

"I think we've got a good chance as well, so that’ll be good.

"It’s a bit of a break away from the league, and gives you some time where you can just concentrate on something else.

"It’s nice to just have a bit of refreshment in another competition.

"It would be nice to get a good crowd along, but I know there are some other games on as well so we’ll see what happens.

"We’ve played them before, but obviously a few players have changed this season.

"We’re fairly confident we know what to expect.

"It’s a different competition, with a chance to go into the game slightly differently perhaps. There’s certainly no pressure on the game, so it’ll be nice to see what we can do about it.

"We are under pressure, so it’s nice to have a break from that. There is pressure in the league with us trying to get points on the board, which obviously we are trying to do."

Beckett isn't too sure whether or not a short break will benefit his side, who have lost their opening six Thurlow Nunn League First Division North fixtures and remain adrift at the bottom of the table, ahead of their league match-up with Peterborough North End tonight (Tuesday).

Speaking to The Citizen before the fixture, he said: "We’re looking forward to it.

"It seems strange to have had a week off so early in the season, so it’ll be good to have a game.

"I think that certainly can help. We’ll obviously wait until tomorrow night to see if it has or not.

"Hopefully it has.

"They’re a new team, so we don’t know too much.

"They’ve got some points on the board, and I’m sure they’ll be feeling fairly confident going into the game.

"It’s obviously up to us to try and match them, or to at least try and impose our game on them as well.

"I think it will be a good match-up."

The Saints boss hasn't shied away from what has been a tough start to their 2021/22 campaign, but admits it's not as surprising as some people may think.

"It’s disappointing, but nothing that we perhaps didn’t expect," he said.

"It would have been nice to have been in a better position, of course. But we know when you look around, with the sort of money being spent elsewhere, we know we aren’t spending that.

"So we always knew it was going to be difficult, but expected."

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