March Town 1,
Cambridge Univ Press 0
Hares boss Paul Crosbie was singing the praises of his players this week after they toppled the Division One leaders in the Knockout Cup on Saturday at the GER.
Seven days earlier Crosbie was scathing about his players after a lacklustre performance to lose 4-0, but he got the perfect reaction to beat a team who have lost just once in the league this season.
He said: “This was just the performance I was looking for and it was the best result of the season. We came out with the right attitude from the start and everyone has done their jobs.
“They have worked hard as a team backing each other up and in the end thoroughly deserved the win.
“We have played some good football and defended really well for only our second clean sheet of the season.
“To make things different we had a pre-match meal at the Cock Inn and I told the lads that the result was not as important as the performance today as they had to show the people, who pay their money each week to watch them, that they are committed to the club. I think they achieved that.”
The Cambridge side did put some early pressure on the March goal and Marc Hipwell did pull off one good save in the first few minutes.
But after 14 minutes the home side took the lead when Sam Darlow pushed forward and closed down their centre half and blocked his clearance. The ball went loose on the edge of the box and Robbie Masters stepped in to place his shot into the top corner of the net – his fifth goal of the season.
March were unfortunate not to add to their tally before the break with Danny Emmington twice denied by the goalkeeper when one on one and also had a shot well saved.
At the other end March’s back three of Max Mattless, Adam Sutton and Ben Lemmon defended well and Hipwell hardly had a save to make.
After the break March set out to close the game down and did pretty well too although they had to be thankful for Hipwell’s fantastic save near the end which Crosbie compared to the Banks save against Pele in the 1970 World Cup.
Masters also had the chance to make it 2-0 but his effort just drifted a little wide of the woodwork.
March’s reward is a trip to Great Yarmouth in the quarter-finals on February 9.
March: Marc Hipwell, Max Mattless, Adam Sutton, Ben Lemmon; Ash Spendelow, Michael Anker, Scott Welcher, James McDonough, Sam Darlow; Danny Emmington, Robbie Masters. Subs used: Josh Westley, Callum Young. Not used: David Hodson.