Brightlingsea Regent 1, March Town 2
MARCH Town ended a three-game losing run with a very good three points from the long trek to Brightlingsea in the Thurlow Nunn Division One on Saturday.
Skipper Adam Sutton was missing with an ankle injury and it was a very good second half performance that clinched the win for the Hares with Jack Saunders having a hand in both goals.
But manager Paul Crosbie was certainly not happy with his team’s performance in the first half. They gave away a sloppy goal after just two minutes and were fortunate to trail by just one goal at the break.
Some harsh words in the interval brought the right response from the players and they got back on level terms when Saunders’ ball across the face of the goal was turned into the net by a home defender with Stu Anderson ready to pounce.
Late on Saunders also set up the second goal when he took one touch before finding Robbie Masters at the far post to head home the winner.
Masters really should have made the points safe after that, but in attempting to lift the ball over the goalkeeper only managed to put the ball over the bar too.
Ben Collett, in goal for the absent Marc Hipwell, was then called upon to make two good saves to keep March’s lead intact and although they had to soak up some pressure they held on well.
Crosbie said: “We were disappointing in the first half after giving away a sloppy early goal.
“We had some strong words for the players at half time but they have responded very well in the second half.
“Their players seemed to think they had the game won at half-time and were playing their music next door and laughing which helped my team talk. I also pointed out it was a long way home if we did not get something from the game.
“We started to do all the good things right after the break to get ourselves in front and when they threw their central defenders forward and hit everything long Stu Porter, Max Mattless and Ben Lemmon dealt with it very well.”
March: Ben Collet, Ash Spendelow, Jack Saunders, Stun Porter, Max Mattless, Scott Welcher, Aidan Hollis, Guiliano Staffieri, Lewis Thompson, Stu Anderson, Robbie Masters. Subs used: Danny Emmington, James McDonough, Ben Lemmon.