Anker drops out of Hares plans

March Town FC. Front from left: Ash Brand, Gary Roddis, Gary White, Luke Pepper (c), Peter Smith, Denny Escorcio and James Quinn. Back from left: Andy Bryan, John Dawson, Adam Cornell, Rob Legend, Lee Pink, Chris Anker, Michael Anker, Craig Norman, Stuart Anderson, Alex Spibey and Jamie Weston.
March Town FC. Front from left: Ash Brand, Gary Roddis, Gary White, Luke Pepper (c), Peter Smith, Denny Escorcio and James Quinn. Back from left: Andy Bryan, John Dawson, Adam Cornell, Rob Legend, Lee Pink, Chris Anker, Michael Anker, Craig Norman, Stuart Anderson, Alex Spibey and Jamie Weston.

MARCH Town manager Brett Whaley is searching for a left back after Michael Anker has decided he cannot commit to playing regularly this season.

Anker returned to the club this summer after taking a season out from playing and Whaley was hopeful the defender would play on a regular basis.

“It is a pity because Michael has done well in the games so far. He has signed for the club but said he will not be playing on a regular basis,” explained Whaley.

“I have players who can fill in at left back but not a left-back specialist so we will be searching to bring one in. I would also like a central defender as cover too.”

Whaley was not happy with his side’s performance in the 2-2 draw with Deeping Rangers last Thursday night.

The Hares trailed 2-0 at half-time but two goals early in the second half from Stuart Anderson and Ash Brand earned them a draw.

Whaley said; “It was a bit of a rush to get there for a 6.45 kick off and we did not prepare properly and had just 14 players.

“We just did not turn up in the first half and it was the worst performance so far in the friendlies. It was nowhere near good enough and we knew that.

“We need to get our fitness levels up before the season starts properly and will be working on that in our two games this week against Sleaford on Tuesday and Whittlesey on Saturday.

“The only positives to come out were that Ash Brand got an hour on the pitch and Luke Pepper played 90 minutes with no reaction.”

Whaley is also pleased with the performances of striker Stu Anderson who has scored five goals in four games and commented: “Stu has looked sharp and taken his goals well.

“He has also done well when playing as a lone striker working the opposition’s back four.”

On Tuesday night March beat Peterborough League side Stilton 4-2 with the goals coming from Anderson 2, Pepper and an own goal.

Whaley said: “There was not a lot of quality in the game but we were able to try one or two things.”