Thurlow Nunn League
March Town United 4 Downham Town 2
March Town United made a winning start to 2016 as they saw off Downham Town in their derby on Saturday afternoon at the GER ground.
A second half Matthew Barber brace, in between strikes from Denny Escorcio and Josh Jackman, gave the Hares a relatively comfortable win.
Craig Dickson’s two goals proved to be just consolation for the visitors.
The key moment of a largely forgettable first period came when Downham’s Jonathon Sykes blazed high over the bar from six yards after a good build-up down the right.
March had enjoyed more of the possession, but struggled to test visiting keeper Lee Brooks, whose biggest moment of alarm came when he missed his kick from a backpass and was relieved to see the ball only go behind for a corner.
The deadlock was broken 11 minutes into the second half when Escorcio fired low into the corner after David Jackson had helped on Lewis Hearn’s cross.
Barber doubled the Hares’ advantage eight minutes later when his low shot proved too powerful for Brooks.
But Downham were given a lifeline with just over a quarter of an hour to go when Dickson found space to nod home a right-wing corner from close range. This could not prevent them from suffering their third successive defeat.
This puts March Town ninth in the table, and they travel to Needham Market at the weekend.
l Rob Conyard is having another trial for Premier League title challengers Leicester City Youth.