March Town 2, Thetford 0
MARCH Town toppled the Ridgeons Division One leaders and ended their run of 11 straight wins at the GER on Saturday.
There was certainly no fluke about the win either as Brett Whaley’s side showed they are a match for anyone this season and in this sort of form you would not rule out them winning the title either.
Whaley looks to have assembled the strongest squad at the GER for a long time, and was certainly not going to be overawed by Thetford’s impressive run of form.
He declared: “We have been playing well and we decided that we would ask questions of Thetford by going on the front foot rather than the back foot. We then gave our best all round performance of the season given the decent football we played.
“We were not only good going forward but we defended well too and thoroughly deserved our win. We scored the two goals at just the right times especially with the second in the first seconds of the second half.”
March started the game well and got just the boost they needed when taking the lead on 16 minutes when Gav Cooke’s corner was headed back across goal by Luke Pepper and the diminutive Ash Brand was left with a short range chance to find the net.
The Hares got the second half off to a perfect start with a second goal inside the first minute. Brand again played a big part with a dazzling run past two defenders from just inside the Thetford half before crossing to the far post for Ondre Odain, who has now scored three goals in three games, to strike.
Anderson had a good chance to make it 3-0 while Thetford never gave up and Adam Sutton made a brilliant tackle after 80 minutes to take the ball away for a corner just after a Thetford player had rounded keeper Aaron Butcher.
Unfortunately Sutton stretched his hamstring in the process and was replaced by Craig Norman. A goal then would have made the last 10 minutes very interesting.
Marc Welcher also went off with a knee injury in the second half and Whaley added: “We had a strong bench and Craig Norman and Lewis Cook won some big headers when they came on and Adam Rothery gave us some more energy in the middle of the park.”
March: Aaron Butcher, Gav Cooke, Marc Welcher, Dan Jenkins, Chris Lenton, Adam Sutton, Ondre Odain, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, Ash Brand. Subs used: Lewis Cook, Craig Norman, Adam Rothery, not used Guiliano Staffieri.