Great Yarmouth 6
March Town Utd 0
Paul Blanchflower suffered a six-goal reverse during his first game in charge of the under-prepared Hares.
Goalkeeper Max Flintoft played his first Thurlow Nunn League Division One game in 2014 following severe knee injuries sustained at Debenham LC. Due to the poor weather March had not played since January 18.
Blanchflower was impressed by teenage substitute Lewis Welcher, who came on for the final 30 minutes at right-back, adding: “He made a good impression. He has a lot of potential and Lewis is not far away from a starting place.”
Blanchflower said: “We contributed to five of the goals. We kept the ball and seem to have panicked and given it back to them when they had numbers committed up front.
“Decision-making was poor, combined with a lack of fitness. Our minibus was taken off the road by the AA on Friday, which was not ideal when it was a two-hour drive.
“If you’re not fit then your mind is not right. They weren’t a particularly good side; but they worked very hard and had quick players.
“We had some good passages of play. We hope to see an improvement over the next three to four weeks. We’re playing sides around us and should be able to take some points off them.”
The same squad should be available for the weekend trip to AFC Sudbury Res, and Blanchflower is hopeful of making a signing.
March: Flintoft, Dunlop (Welcher), Mattless, Goult, Lemmon, A Blanchflower, Jackson (Green), Ogden, S White, Richardson, Brand.