Hares get just reward

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Halstead Town 1, March Town 1

THE Hares collected the point needed to make certain of fourth place in the Ridgeons League Division One to give Brett Whaley’s side their highest finish for 15 seasons.

They began the game well and played some good football and eventually took the lead with a fine Adam Rothery strike.

But March were then a little guilty of coasting in their lead and this allowed the home side to get more into the game and eight minutes from the break they equalised with not the best defensive work of the season.

March were now under pressure with Aaron Butcher called into action to make two good saves and the half-time whistle was a bit of relief from Whaley’s team.

The visitors had to soak up a lot of pressure after the break as the home side roared forward with a crowd of 250 behind them but March’s 4-5-1 formation held firm.

Luke Pepper had a chance to put March in front and Casey Logan’s effort landed on top of the crossbar.

But in injury time Halstead really should have won the game. March thought they had won a throw in but it was given the other way and a long throw caught them out but fortunately a Halstead player managed to miss from two yards out at the far post.

Whaley said: “We had to do a lot of defending but I think it would have been unfair had we not got the draw although they missed a really easy chance at the end. Stu Anderson worked really hard as a lone striker and in the last 20 minutes the pace of Casey Logan and Ash Brand helped give us some respite.

“It was really good to get the point needed and I think over the season we have been the fourth best team in the league so we have got our just rewards.”

March: Aaron Butcher, Dan Jenkins, Lewis Cook, Gavin Cooke, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Adam Rothery, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, James McDonough. Subs used: Ash Brand and Casey Logan.