LEWIS Thompson is expected to make his March Town debut at Braintree Reserves in the Thurlow Nunn Division One game on Saturday.
The former Wisbech Town midfielder came close to signing for Paul Crosbie’s team in preseason but decided to join Ely City in the Premier Division.
The move has not worked out for the 21-year-old and he has only started two games this season and come on once as a substitute but has scored one goal.
He approached Crosbie this week with a view to a transfer and March have put in a seven-day approach for the player and hope to complete the transfer in time for Saturday’s game.
Thompson said: “Things have not worked out at Ely and promises not kept and perhaps it was a mistake not to have gone to March in the first place.
“I was impressed with their training preseason and thought they did well in Saturday’s game. I think I can bring some improvement to the squad and am really looking forward to getting involved at Braintree.”
Crosbie said: “I was not looking to add another player to the squad at present but was impressed with Lewis when he came preseason training with us and he has plenty of experience of playing in the Premier Division.
“We are short of a leader in midfield and I am sure he can fulfil that role.”
Thompson’s arrival could not have come at a better time as March will be without Stu Porter, Stu Anderson and possibly Robbie Masters for the Braintree trip. Goalkeeper Ben Collett is banned but Marc Hipwell is available after missing last Saturday’s Vase defeat.
Danny Emmington’s performance as a second half substitute, on his debut for March, should earn him a starting position this week while another former Wisbech player Max Mattless may also get his debut in place of Porter.
March certainly did better when going 3-4-3 against Thrapston and Crosbie looks sure to adopt those tactics again although he did comment: “It will be a tough game against Braintree, who have lost just once in the league this season, but I did feel we played a lot better when we changed things on Saturday and created more chances.”
March Town now have a fixture for September 15 and play Cornard away.