March see off Downham in New Year derby

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Thurlow Nunn League Division One
March Town United 4
Downham Town 2

March Town United made a winning start to 2016 as they saw off Downham Town, who slipped to their third successive defeat, this afternoon.

A second half Matthew Barber brace, in between strikes from Denny Escorcio and Josh Jackman, gave the Hares a relatively comfortable win, while Craig Dickson’s two goals proved to be just consolation for Downham.

The key moment of a largely forgettable first period came when Downham’s Jonathon Sykes blazed high over the bar from six yards after a good build-up down the right.

March had enjoyed more of the possession, but struggled to test visiting keeper Lee Brooks, whose biggest moment of alarm came when he missed his kick from a backpass and was relieved to see the ball only go behind for a corner.

The deadlock was broken 11 minutes into the second half when Escorcio fired low into the corner after David Jackson had helped on Lewis Hearn’s cross.

Barber doubled the Hares’ advantage eight minutes later when his low shot proved too powerful for Brooks.

But Downham were given a lifeline with just over a quarter of an hour to go when Dickson found space to nod home a right-wing corner from close range.

Although March had felt the corner shouldn’t have been awarded, their disappointment didn’t last as Barber restored their two-goal cushion four minutes later.

Escorcio shot over after an excellent move, before Jackman produced the best goal of the afternoon with five minutes left; a superb curling shot that gave Brooks no chance.

But Downham had the final say in added time, when Dickson got the final touch to Alex Bailey’s free kick.