Hares hit back to maintain top four hopes

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March Town 2, Team Bury 0

March bounced back from their midweek cup semi-final exit with their second league win and second clean sheet in a row to maintain their hopes of finishing in the top four of the Ridgeons Division One.

The Hares had lost 2-0 at Godmanchester Rovers in the Ridgeons Division One Cup by conceding a goal in each half, but on Saturday they scored a goal in each half through Stu Anderson and a Luke Pepper penalty.

March manager Brett Whaley said: “I’m really, really pleased after the disappointment of Wednesday. You don’t know how the players are going to react. People keep going when there is a trophy to be had, but when all you have got to play for is a place in the league you don’t know what will happen.

“The pitch was awful, there were windy conditions and it was not a particularly good football match, so we had to put the work in.

“It was not only a great reaction from Wednesday, but they had beaten us 2-0 about three weeks ago, so to be able to turn it around after losing four games on the bounce was really pleasing.

“We have won two league games now and kept two clean sheets.

“We are still not playing our best football but are grinding out results, so I am delighted.

“I’m really pleased for Stu as over the past month he has got better and better. He fully deserved his goal as he started off the season scoring goals. The scoring went, then his form, but he has got that back.

“He missed a one-on-one with the keeper after 20 minutes, and soon got another chance with a one-on-one. I thought that as he was low in confidence he wouldn’t do it but he finished it well. If he misses one he backs himself to score the next chance.”

On both occasions Anderson was put through by Pepper, whose penalty came when a shot from Gav Cooke was blocked in the Bury box by an away hand.

Whaley added: “Our target before the Team Bury game was to get nine points until the end of the season.

“It’s three points down, but we want to get to that nine points as soon as possible.”

March: Butcher, Norman, Welcher, Cooke, Lenton, Sutton, Rothery, Nolan, Anderson, Pepper, Logan. Subs used: Brand, Shippey, Hepworth.