Wisbech boss delighted with in-form Friend

Wisbech Town boss Dick Creasey.

Wisbech Town boss Dick Creasey. - Credit: Archant

Wisbech Town boss Dick Creasey says he knew the goal-scoring floodgates would open for in-form striker Jack Friend.

The 19-year-old failed to find the net in his first five matches for the Fenmen but since then has bagged seven goals in three games – including consecutive hat-tricks against Potton United and Rothwell Corinthians.

Friend also scored in Wisbech's 4-0 success over Huntingdon United in midweek, and Creasey says he had every faith in the former Peterborough United youngster, despite his goalless start to his second spell at the Fenland Stadium.

'What happened with Jack since he left us has been well documented,' he said. 'But when he came back to us he was at rock bottom. We always knew he needed to score a goal to get going and now he has he needs to push on and keep it going week in, week out.'

The Fenmen hit four goals for the fourth match in a row on Wednesday, but Creasey is staying grounded and says their toughest fixtures are to come – starting with a home FA Vase clash with Mildenhall today (3pm).

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'We're doing okay,' he said. 'We need to keep our feet on the floor. We've got our confidence back but we have some hard games coming up.

'We didn't play as well as we have been on Wednesday but we scored four goals and didn't concede and we'll take the confidence from that into the Vase.'

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Wisbech St Mary face a tough trip to in-form Gorleston, who are fifth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, but the Fenland side go into the game on the back of consecutive 2-1 victories - the latest in the First Division KO Cup over Dereham Reserves on Wednesday - and manager Arran Duke is out to cause an upset.

'It was a much better performance on Wednesday,' said Duke. 'We played some good stuff. We picked up a few knocks but we have a big squad and will trust the lads that come in.

'We go into the game as massive underdogs and we hope we can go cause an upset but we know there's a big challenge ahead.'

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