March Town 1, Debenham LC 0
THE Hares bounced back to winning ways after two defeats in four days and moved in to fourth place in Ridgeons Division One with this narrow win at the GER on Saturday.
It was just the boost Brett Whaley’s side needed after goalkeeper Lea Jordan and striker Andy Wayte walked out on the club last week and also showed that they are match for top sides in the table as the visitors had started the day just one place behind March.
March started the game well enjoying plenty of possession without being able to produce the killer ball in the final third of the pitch.
But that finally came after 20 minutes when Luke Pepper fed Stu Anderson in the corner and his cross was surprisingly met by the head of diminutive striker Ash Brand to place the ball in the corner of the net from 10 yards.
March continued to enjoy the lion’s share of the ball without breaking down the Debenham defence as they went looking for the all-important second goal.
But after the break March seemed to go into a shell and the visitors began to take the upper hand but they, too, found the home defence a difficult nut to crack and were never able to conjure up the chances to peg March back.
Anderson had a chance to make the points safe but in the end March held on well to the precious three points and leave Whaley a very relieved man.
He commented: “After two defeats you are desperate to get back to winning ways and we accomplished that. I would have taken a scrappy 1-0 win before the game.
“We were the better side in the first half and although we saw a lot of the ball we did not produce a quality ball at the end of it. The goal was perhaps the only clear cut chance we created.
“Really we did not want half-time to come at that moment. After the break we became nervous and Debenham put us under a lot of pressure without creating chances.
“It showed that when we have our settled back four of Gav Cooke, Marc Welcher, Adam Sutton and Chris Lenton we are very solid and when they have been together this season we have conceded few goals.
“It was very good win for us and very important, too, as we do not have a game for two weeks and fourth is a nice place to be at this stage.”
March: Simon Allen, Gav Cooke, Marc Welcher, Adam Sutton, Guiliano Staffieri, Adam Sutton, Chris Sutton, Adam Rothery, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, Ash Brand. Subs used: Tom Norton, Dan Jenkins.