Hares see sloppy defending punished

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SLOPPY defending condemned the Hares to their fifth home Ridgeons Division One defeat of the season as manager Jamie Weston saw his small squad again hit by injuries.

Earlier in the season the Hares had triumphed 5-1 at the home of the league leaders, but in this rematch the Cambridge side made the most of the wind and snatched the points.

Last week skipper Luke Pepper limped off in the warm-up and Weston suffered another blow on Saturday when Lloyd Johnson was forced out before kick-off with a back injury to add to the four players already missing and they were left with just one substitute.

University Press took the lead after 15 minutes when a long throw caused problems and Lee Brooks should have done better when Lee Clift headed home.

The Cambridge side continued to press forward and 10 minutes later a free kick from the left was allowed to sneak in at the near post. There should have been a defender guarding the area and Brooks could also have done better.

But the March keeper did well to keep put another goalbound effort from the visitors soon after.

March had a couple of half chances when Luke Weston broke and the keeper saved and Ash Brand got behind the defence but could not provide a finish.

In the second half March had the possession but could not create an opening until 15 minutes from the end when substitute Andy Bryan scored from 12 yards out.

But unfortunately the Hares did not up their game to find an equaliser.

Weston commented: “It was a bad day for us. We were missing five players by the start and then lost Simon Bates soon after the break too.

“We could have done a lot better with their two goals and apart from those efforts they created very little but the same applied to us.

“I thought when we got the goal we could get back in it but it didn’t happen” said Weston.

March: Lee Brooks, Simon Bates, Jordan Goult, Lee day, Kyle Plumb, Grant Watson, Marc Welcher, Denny Escorcio, Ash Brand, Juliano De Menezes, Luke Weston. Sub Andy Bryan.

n In midweek March had beaten Team Bury 3-2 at the GER with three goals inside the first hour.

On target were Adam Cornell, Juliano de Menezes and substitute Lloyd Johnson.

Team Bury hit back with two goals to make it a nervous late few minutes, but March, well marshalled by Marc Welcher, held out to take the points.