Wisbech St Mary assistant boss Alfie Tate says 'we didn't turn up'
Wisbech St Mary assistant manager Alfie Tate is looking for a reaction from his team after a humiliating 7-0 home defeat to Whittlesey Athletic this afternoon.
Newly-promoted Peterborough North End won their second game of the season today, 2-0 at Debenham LC, and host the Saints on Tuesday week.
"I imagine it will be a close game. Hopefully, after today's results, we will get a bit of a reaction from the players. I think North End's aim this season is staying in the league and stabilising so it's a game where we have a chance. There's results to get from every game – it just depends on how you turn up."
On today's defeat, Tate said: "Whittlesey certainly deserved the result but I thought 7-0 flattered them. "Some of or passing patterns were good but when we got in the final third we were not ruthless enough.
"For too many phases of the game we were slow and sloppy with possession. Overall, we just really weren't at the races.
"We had our chances during the game but we didn't take them and they were ruthless when they got their opportunities.
"Whittlesey are a good team who will be up there at the end of the season. Their whole team is good, but James Hill-Seekings and Jack Carter are two stand-out players up front.
"You only have to look at the goalscoring tallies they've had over the last couple of seasons to see how good they are and those two alone will win them some games.
"Collectively they were well organised, well drilled and looked like they've played together for a while."
Tate did find a few positives in the heavy defeat though: "Charlie Rudland did well today, Sep Iruthumhe impressed and Martin Tudosa Martin stood out. He's only 17 but technically superb and has a great footballing brain."