March Town 0, Gorleston 1
THE Hares lost out to a team they had beaten twice this season at the GER on Saturday and their depleted squad was hit with a couple of more injuries.
With half an hour gone the visitors had a good chance but although the ball went under Hares’ keeper Lee Brooks, he just managed to get enough on the ball to divert it onto the post and then out for a corner.
But it was a temporary reprieve for March as the corner found the head of Darren Cockrill, who planted the ball firmly into the net.
Nine minutes later it could have been 2-0 but Brooks saved well and the rebound was headed goalwards but cleared off the line.
March made a double change at half time bringing Paul Rowell and Simon Bates on for Ashley Sanderson and Adam Cornell.
Within two minutes of the restart the Hares carved out their best opening of the game after Marc Welcher slid Stuart Anderson through but as the goalkeeper narrowed the angle, he shot wide.
March then made their third change just five minutes into the second half when Ashley Brand, who had been carrying a knock, was replaced by Juliano De Menezes.
Gorleston had plenty of possession without creating too many openings and March looked to be getting on top but both teams were being frustrated by decisions and lack of advantage by the referee.
Just after the hour mark it was Gorleston with the next shot on target when Taylor had an effort cleared off the line.
Substitute Rowell had a good chance for March but shot straight into the keeper’s midriff. And a minute into injury time Jordan Goult had a free header from a corner but couldn’t direct it on target.
March boss Jamie Weston said: “It was not a bad performance but we were just not as threatening as we should have been. We had the odd opening and I think had we got a goal in the second half we could easily have frustrated them and stolen a point because they were the better team this time.”
March: Lee Brooks, Anthony Sanderson, Ben Lemmon, Lee Day, Jordan Goult, Kyle Plumb, Marc Welcher, Adam Cornell, Denny Escorcio, Ash Brand, Stu Anderson. Subs used: Juliano De Menezes, Andy Bryan, Simon Bates..