March Town 1, Team Bury 1
The Hares were again forced to field a skeleton team but proved hard work can still get its rewards with a battling point in the Ridgeons Division One against the Bury students.
The first 45 minutes proved very uneventful as it deteriorated into a midfield battle with hardly a clear cut chance at either end.
March began the second half well and new signing Isaac Bennett again showed his speed to good effect, if not his finishing. He worked himself into a good position only to shoot too high and then wasted another chance, producing a good save from the goalkeeper.
But on the hour Bury took the lead when they won the ball in midfield and a ball over the top sprung a Bury forward who took his chance well against Lee Brooks.
March gambled to try and salvage the game, and pushed Kyle Plumb forward with just three at the back.
The gamble was rewarded five minutes from time when Plumb’s header at the far post was parried by the Bury keeper and Andy Bryan was on hand to ram home the equaliser.
Both sides then had the chances to win the game with Brooks alert in the March goal and Simon Bates shooting just wide from 20 yards at the other end with the keeper beaten.
A relieved and happy Hares boss Jamie Weston said: “We lost three players – Denny Escorio, Juliano de Menezes and James Richardson – around noon and in the circumstances it was a very good point.
“We had to shuffle the team again and the players worked very hard and deserved to get something from the game. With so many players missing you have to be happy with the point. Isaac again showed promise and his speed does cause problems.”
March: Lee Brooks, Joe Barnes, Ben Lemmon, Jordan Goult, Kyle Plumb, Paul Rowell, Simon Bates, Adam Cornell, Stu Anderson, Andy Bryan, Isaac Bennett. Sub used: Chris Redfearn.
Weston could have as many as six players back off the injured list for Saturday’s home game against Whitton United who have not lost in the the league since August.
Marc and Scott Welcher, Ash Brand, Dan Sterna, Adam Sutton and Escorio are all expected to be available and should ease Weston’s headaches over the last month with a depleted squad.
Whitton have been in very good form and are chasing a promotion place and Weston commented: “It will be good to have some players back and I feel with a decent squad we are capable of beating anyone in this league so it should be a good game.”