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Wisbech St Mary pay the price for poor game management in defeat to Diss Town

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Wisbech St Mary manager Stuart Beckett said his team needs to be better at decision making after a second half capitulation saw them heavily beaten on Saturday.

Saints went in at half time drawing 2-2 at Diss Town and missed a penalty just before the break which would have given them the lead.

But four quick goals in the second half saw the Tangerines win 6-2 and make it two Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One North defeats out of two for St Mary.

Matthew Harris-Hercules scored but then missed a penalty.
Matthew Harris-Hercules scored but then missed a penalty.

Diss took the lead through the prolific Ryan Gibbs, but Saints equalised through Evander Jose. Gibbs made it 2-1 but Matthew Harris Hercules pulled Saints back into it again with a low free kick into the bottom corner. The same player then missed a 43rd minute penalty.

After the break, Gibbs netted his third and fourth, with Matthew Wilson and George Erith completing the scoring. Saints keeper Adam Groves was sent off for two bookable offences, the second very harsh after he tried to pull out of a clash with an onrushing forward.

"We started the game quite shakily but grew into it and should have been ahead at half time," Beckett told the Citizen.

Keeper Adam Groves was sent off
Keeper Adam Groves was sent off

"But after the break, we had a 15 minute spell when we just stopped playing and conceded four goals. When you concede rapid goals like that, you're not going to win games.

"We've scored four goals in two games and it's not like we're being outclassed for 90 minutes, but we have spells where our decision making is wrong. It's about game management, knowing when to hold and when to go to, when to pass. It's about seeing out those spells when you don't have a lot of the ball."

The Saints travel the short distance to play Parson Drove on Tuesday night, with the two teams occupying the bottom two spots in the fledgling league table.

Beckett added: "It was always a massive game but obviously it's even more important with us both looking for our first points of the season. I've not seen Drove play for a long time but I've played with and coached several of their lads. It should be a cracking game."

Saints manager Stuart Beckett says his team needs to improve their game management.
Saints manager Stuart Beckett says his team needs to improve their game management.

After that, Saints entertain UEA on Saturday and then travel to play Harleston Town the following weekend. "They are both tricky fixtures against good teams," added Beckett.

Wisbech St Mary: Groves, Wilmott, Minster, Stratton, Goult, Fox, Bilicz, Rudland, Williams, Jose, Harris-Hercules. Subs (used): Bird, Perkins, Banhire.

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