Braintree Town Res 2, March Town 1
A goal at the start of each half cost March at Long Melford in their Thurlow Nunn Division One trip.
Braintree, made up of Academy players, displayed good passing and movement in their quality first goal with a great strike from the edge of the box.
March had a goal disallowed just before half-time when the referee pulled the game back for a foul on a March player. Straight after half-time the Hares were 2-0 down but they grabbed a late goal from Dan Woods after fine work from Tom Flatters.
Joint boss Chris Bartlett said: “We didn’t start very well and we took too long to get into the game.
“In the second half we started slowly. If we had scored earlier we could’ve got something from the game. We’re still finding out about the players.
“The group we’ve got now have only been together for four weeks and we’ve got to learn a lot quicker.
“We’ve got no time to feel sorry for ourselves and put things right in training as we’ve got games coming thick and fast.”
Last night (Tuesday) the team faced much-fancied Swaffham Town in the league and on Saturday the Hares host Needham Market Res. Next Tuesday sees a trip to King’s Lynn Res in the league cup.
The club will need to assess the fitness of left-back Lewis Hearn (ankle) and forward Ash Brand (knee) who picked up knocks. Brand is likely to recover in time for the weekend.
Tonight at 7.45 the Under 18s have a friendly versus Upwell.
March Town 2,
The Hares were unlucky to lose to a late penalty after dominating the early part of the game.
Emma Searle went close before Newmarket took the lead.
Birthday girl Anna Hatcher equalised with a low shot into the corner. Newmarket took a second half lead before Hatcher scored from a 25-yard free-kick.
Joint PoM: Hannah Johnson and Anna Hatcher.