Hares lose third in a row

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Long Melford 2, March Town Utd 1

The Hares lost their third Thurlow Nunn League Division One game in a row by the odd goal as their manager Paul Crosbie said they pressed the self-destruct button on Saturday.

March were 2-0 down at half-time, including a penalty, but a second half own goal (with Sam Darlow waiting to pounce on any rebound) was not enough.

Hares boss Crosbie commented: “We’re architects of our own downfall. We were appalling in the first half. In the second we were by far the better side but we’ve thrown away three points. The overriding feeling is frustration.

“We’re not far away but we need more consistency. We need to start sharper, faster. It will come, but again we chucked points away.”

Crosbie said about the penalty: “Marc Hipwell under-hit a backpass and Lewis Cook was exposed and brought down the lad on the edge of the area; then we didn’t clear a corner for their second goal.”

Former Chatteris goalkeeper Max Flintoff made his debut.

Crosbie added: “We need a solid goalkeeper with Liam Higgins injured and Ben Collett still finding fitness.”

The Hares will welcome back Aaron McKenna as they travelled to title-chasers Swaffham last night and on Saturday they host Needham Mkt Res.

March: Flintoff, G. White, Hipwell, Lemmon, Cook, Mattless, Ogden, Jackson, Thompson, Richardson, Darlow. Subs: S. White, Ogbonna.