March Town 2, Whitton United 2
Hares boss Brett Whaley felt his side were hard done by when they opened the season with a point against last season’s title chasers Whitton on Saturday at the GER.
The home side looked to be on their way to three points in Ridgeons League Division One, when an incident 10 minutes before the end resulted in a sending off for goalkeeper Lea Jordan and equalising penalty for the visitors.
Whaley said: “Their player stamped on Jordan’s foot but Lea then reacted and the referee saw that and sent him off and gave the penalty.
“If he had seen the first incident he would not have given the penalty.
“At that point Whitton looked to have run out of ideas and the game looked to be meandering to a win for us. I felt it was very harsh.
“Lea reacted in the heat of the moment and I am sure he will learn from it. It will be a blow to lose him for perhaps three games but we do have time to find a replacement before the ban kicks in.”
March had taken the lead after 25 minutes when Luke Pepper challenged with the keeper and flicked on for Stu Anderson to volley home from close range.
The home side had chances to increase their lead when Pepper and Anderson combined well only for the final effort to go wide of the post and James McDonagh had a shot cleared off the line.
March paid the penalty two minutes before the break when, following a corner, there was a free header for them to find the net.
The Hares started the second half well and regained the lead on the hour when McDonagh’s ball found Anderson and the striker. who has been in prolific form this summer, made it 2-1.
The game then went a little flat as March tried to keep the ball and Whitton could not conjure up a way of breaking down the home defence. But that all changed in the 80th minute when Jordan saw red twice!
Whaley added: “It would have been nice to have started the season off with a win against a team like Whitton who did so well last season, but it was still a good performance.”
March: Lea Jordan, Lewis Cook, Gav Cook, Ben Hepworth, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Ricky Goodayle, Adam Rothery, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, James McDonagh. Subs: Ash Brand, Scott Davies, Grant Watson.