MARCH Town’s radical decision to open the gates for free admission to Saturday’s match against Halstead paid off with a crowd of 171 at the GER, over twice the number for an average Ridgeons Division One game.
The directors took the decision to boost attendances to support a team enjoying their best season for a number of years and chairman Phil White was delighted with the response.
“It was a decent crowd and plenty of noise so they provided the players with a great atmosphere. We have now had gates of 129 and 179 for the last two games and I think they have enjoyed two very good wins.
“A lot of people told me they enjoyed Saturday’s game and will be returning.
“If that is the case and we can add 20-30 to our gates for the last few home games then that will be great.
“The players and Brett have done really well this season and sit in second place in the table and they deserve a good support each week.
“They have played their part now let’s hope the fans can help play their part.
“We will really see how successful it has been when we play our next home game.”
That game unfortunately is not until next month on February 11, but the Hares travel to Cornard this Saturday and Brett Whaley is hoping they can continue on another good run.
He said: “They are a team in the bottom half and it is the sort of game you have to go there and win if you want to be successful.
“It hurt everyone to lose our winning run at Fakenham and the players showed against Halstead their determination to put things right and we need to carry that on at Cornard.
“Adam Sutton made his return on Saturday after a hamstring injury and we now have a full squad of players, and it gives us good competition for places.”