Motivation lacking to beat strugglers

March Town 1, Swaffham 3

THE Hares produced one of their poorest displays of the season to finish second best in this Ridgeons Division One fixture on Saturday.

The club also did not get the reaction they hoped for with a gate of just 65 for their first home game since allowing spectators in for free earlier this year when 179 were present.

Hardly a wonder that manager Brett Whaley was left scratching his head after only four days earlier his side had booked the Knockout Cup semi-final place against beating high-riding Thetford.

Swaffham took the lead after just a minute and really there was no big response from March.

The game was really settled with a second goal from the visiting side midway through the half.

The visitors now had an air of confidence with their two-goal lead and that became 3-0 after 75 minutes and really then the game was over.

Substitute Ash Brand, surprised to see him left out for Ricky Goodale, did pull a goal back with five minutes left, but it was too little too late on a poor day.

March, who had beaten Swaffham 5-1 earlier this season, were missing, Adam Rothery, Marc Welcher and Dan Jenkins, but Whaley said that was no excuse for his side’s performance.

He said: “We beat Thetford with two of those players missing and this was perhaps one of our poorest displays of the season. Apart from the Thetford win we have struggled in other games recently against the lower teams and our form has not been good enough.

“We have the ability and the work rate was fine, but the motivation to beat teams near the foot of the table seems to be missing. “

March: Aaron Butcher, Lewis Cook, Gavin Cooke, Ben Hepworth, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Ondre Odain, Kyle Nolan, Luke Pepper, Stu Anderson, Ricky Goodale. Subs used: Ash Brand, James Orviss, Alex Burton.