Pepper double peps Hares

March Town 3, Godmanchester 2

THE Hares were worthy winners of this Ridgeons Division One game, but would have found things a lot easier had they taken their chances at the GER on Monday afternoon.

They were a bit sluggish in the first half, after a three-week lay off, but there was no doubting their dominance after the break when they scored just one goal but might well have had at least five.

March took the lead after just 10 minutes when skipper Luke Pepper headed home an Ash Brand corner but 10 minutes later Godmanchester had pegged them back to 1-1 when they struck on the break.

Three minutes before half-time March nosed ahead once more when Juliano De Menezes shot from just outside the box and Adam Cornell continued his good run of scoring when he diverted the ball past the keeper from inside the six-yard box.

March also went close with Kyle Plumb and Brand hitting the woodwork.

March certainly upped their game after the break but did not get the goals their creativity deserved until 10 minutes from time when Pepper shot home from the penalty spot after Dan Sterna made a good run into the area only to be brought down.

With a minute left Godmanchester made it 3-2 but even then March had a very good chance when Pepper went through and Brand’s shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Manager Jamie Weston was well pleased with the team’s showing. He said: “We struggled a bit in the first half and looked a little rusty. But the performance in the second half was excellent. We must take our chances though to finish teams off, but it was still a very good three points.”

March: Lee Brookes, Simon Bates, Andy Sutton, Lee Day, Jordan Goult, Adam Cornell, Luke Pepper, Dan Sterna, Kyle Plumb, Ash Brand, Juliano De Menezes. Subs used: Grant Watson, Andy Bryan, Joe Barnes.

n Denny Escorcio returns from holiday for Saturday’s home league game against Halstead Town at the GER. Halstead are just two points below March in the table and enjoyed a 3-0 win against Cornard on Monday.

Weston added: “Hopefully the win against Godmanchester will give us the confidence to go on a run now. We have games in hand on the top teams and if we can string a run of wins together we should find ourselves among the top four.”

March also have a Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final against Cambs League side Fulbourn Institute next Tuesday night at the GER.