Godmanchester Rovers 2, March Town 0
The Hares’ dream of lifting their first trophy for 24 years is over after they conceded a goal in each half on Wednesday in the Ridgeons Division One Cup semi-final.
March boss Brett Whaley said: “We are disappointed to lose it because it was a semi-final, and now we will have to pick ourselves up.
“To be fair, they dominated possession. It was only in the last 10 minutes that we had a real go at them.
“Before that they had the lion’s share of the play.
“We missed a penalty and a couple of efforts were well saved. Over the 90 minutes they deserved to win. It was a case of too little, too late.
“We were just a bit flat, and they are a good side, one of the better ones in our league.
“They did not open us up much but they are very good all across the midfield.”
March were confident of getting a positive result in the tie as they have already managed a 3-0 win at their fellow high-flyers Godmanchester this season in the league.
March have been the only team this season so far to beat Godmanchester, who are level on points with Thetford at the top of the league.
However, in the first half Godmanchester took the lead with a cross which went over everyone’s heads and into the net. At the other end Adam Rothery had an effort cleared off the Godmanchester line.
Godmanchester doubled their lead after the break when they stabbed home a chance at the near post from a free-kick.
As March stormed the barricades in the final ten minutes Luke Pepper had a header well saved.
Chris Lenton also had an effort denied from a set-piece.
On the stroke of full-time Pepper had a penalty saved after a foul on Stu Anderson in the box.
March: Butcher, Cooke, Welcher, Jenkins, Sutton, Lenton, Rothery, Nolan, Anderson, Pepper, Brand. Substitutes used: Murphy and Pascu.