Whaley warns against complacency

March hockey club were away to Pelicans on Saturday. The March team (front from left): Grant Gilmour, James Mansfield (c), Simon Coe, Richard West and Mattie Wallis. Back from left: David Hodson, Scott Welcher, Mathew Banford, Ed Batt, Adam Graham, Andy Wright, Rob Mitchell and Ashley Welland.
March hockey club were away to Pelicans on Saturday. The March team (front from left): Grant Gilmour, James Mansfield (c), Simon Coe, Richard West and Mattie Wallis. Back from left: David Hodson, Scott Welcher, Mathew Banford, Ed Batt, Adam Graham, Andy Wright, Rob Mitchell and Ashley Welland.

March Town travel to Long Melford on Saturday looking for a sixth win in the Ridgeons Division One this season.

Assistant player-manager Chris Lenton misses the game because of a wedding but Lewis Cook is fit again to fill the gap in defence after coming on as substitute against Fakenham.

Dan Jenkins, who has been struggling with a groin injury recently, will also miss the trip to Suffolk.

Long Melford have won just once in their last six league games and March boss Brett Whaley sees it as a good chance to pick up another three points.

He said: “If we are going to finish among the leaders we have to be beating teams like Long Melford at home and away. We cannot take things for granted and become complacent, but we do need to get a good run of results now.

“Dan Jenkins has a groin injury and the physio feels it needs resting and so we will leave him out of the squad.”

Whaley also revealed that James McDonough has left the club.

McDonough spent some time with Yaxley last month but was expected to return to the club this week and be on the bench against Fakenham.

But Whaley said: “He did not come training and then told me on Friday that he was better having 90 minutes with Peterborough Sports so as far as I am concerned he has left the club.”