Youth players shine in a deserved draw

March Town 1,

Cambridge University Press 1

HARES boss Brett Whaley gave youth their head in this game fielding four under 18-year-olds and they certainly did not let him down at the GER on Saturday.

With the experienced Luke Pepper and Marc Welcher missing, Whaley gave starts to Jon Shippey and Casey Logan and also used two other teenagers off the bench in Matt Waters and James Orvis.

March just shaded the first half but the best two chances fell to Ash Brand and he could not add the finishing touch.

After the break it was the Cambridge side who looked the better.

Brand did have another good chance with a header at the far post and Matt Waters shot just wide after a good run at the defence.

At the other end Dan Jenkins came to March’s rescue when he cleared off the line.

Both the goals came in the last four minutes of play. The visitors took the lead after 88 minutes but a minute into injury time March struck back with an equaliser when a good run and shot from the edge of the box by Adam Rothery earned a point.

Whaley said: “I suppose when you score an equaliser so late in the game you feel it is a bonus but I felt we deserved to take a point at least.

“It was a tough game to be without Welcher and Pepper, but we have put in a good performance and showed a lot of character.

“It gave me the chance to play the younger lads and see what they can do. I am sure they will benefit from this and it was a good day for the club all round as results also went for us and we can still finish in the top four.”

March: Aaron Butcher, Jon Shippey, Dan Jenkins, Gavin Cooke, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Adam Rothery, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Casey Logan, Ash Brand. Subs used: Matt Waters, James Orvis, Dan Hepworth.