Crucial win boosts promotion hopes

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March 4, Waltham Forest 2

A dogged and defiant March took another three points closer to back to back promotions with a gritty display against the league leaders.

Stand-in skipper Ashley Welland kept James Mansfield, who was suffering from severe jet lag, out of the side and his tactical prowess proved competent when Rob Mitchell beat an advancing keeper to the ball and squared very unselfishly to Grant Gilmour to finish off a well worked move.

Chances fell to both sides throughout the first half and Forest had a couple of gilt-edged opportunities to get themselves back in the game.

Waltham equalised when the ball was slipped under Coe. This did nothing but spur the home side on and moments later an intricate passing move involving Ed Batt, Mitchell and David Hodson resulted in Scott Welcher scoring with a composed finish.

Moments later he scored again with a well-timed run that was picked out by Gilmour.

Waltham hit back to make it 3-2 but March with promotion in their sights struck again with Grant Gilmour unleashing a great finish into the net.

The final whistle blew with a monumental amount of relief for the March boys and they now sit second in the Division 1 table with just three games to play.

March 2nds 0, Newmarket 4

The home side started promisingly with neutralising league leaders Newmarket’s attacking ability and creating chances of their own.

The first goal would always be decisive in this game and Newmarket snatched it half way through the second half.

To March’s credit they pushed further forward looking for goals but got caught on the counter attack over the last 10 minutes of the game, resulting in Newmarket finding the net three more times.