Fakenham 3, March Town 2
THE Hares’ run of five successive wins came to an end when they let a 2-1 lead slip away in the Ridgeons Division One encounter on Monday.
There was an explosive first 10 minutes to the game with three goals.
Ondre Odain continued his goalscoring run to make it five goals in five games after just five minutes when he shot home from Ash Brand’s cross to give March a perfect start.
But the lead was shortlived when the ball bobbled and March keeper Aaron Butcher fluffed his clearance to a back pass and he pulled down the Ghosts’ striker to give away a penalty. He was also was fortunate to receive only a yellow card.
Then after just 10 minutes March were back in front when dead-ball specialist Gavin Cooke saw his free kick from the edge of the area slip through a crowded area into the corner of the net.
It was fairly even after with half-chances at either end, but the home side really took the game by the scruff of the neck after the break.
They scored twice in the first 15 minutes to turn the game on its head.
They equalised at 2-2 on 48 minutes and then took the lead with a deflected shot.
March did have their chances later on when Odain hit the woodwork and Brand was left one on one with the keeper who got his hand to the ball before the striker could shoot.
The defeat saw March drop to fourth place in the table with Godmanchester and Whitton United leapfrogging above them. Thetford remain top.
Manager Brett Whaley said: “It was a bad day. They really got in our faces and wanted it more than us.
“We did not play particularly well but could have got something out of the game late on. We now have to get back on track against Halstead.”
March: Aaron Butcher, Lewis Cook, Gavin Cooke, Chris Lenton, Marc Welcher, Adam Rothery, Ondre Odain, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, Ashley Brand. Subs used: Ben Hepworth.