March hit by individual errors as they are caught cold after six weeks' inaction
GREAT YARMOUTH 3, MARCH TOWN 1
Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One North
March missed out on the chance to top the division at Christmas today when they were caught cold by a Yarmouth side who had returned to action a week earlier.
Whereas the Hares had not played since they beat Wisbech St Mary 5-1 on November 4, the Bloaters had returned to action with a 3-1 win at Sudbury Reserves last weekend.
And the time out told as rare individual mistakes were to blame for all of the home side's goals.
The visitors dominated the early stages of this match but were punished in the 14th minute when a long ball over the top found Kyle Baker one-on-one with left back Tom McLeish, who slipped, allowing the striker to fire past Charlie Congreve.
Three minutes later and it was Congreve who was at fault, coming for and missing a cross which was nodded home at the far post by Cameron Barnes.
March pulled one back in the 26th minute when Lewis Gibson's free kick into the box caused mayhem and was eventually poked home by Jamie Short.
That was the way the score stayed until the break, but it was 3-1 after 52 minutes when a stray pass was pounced on by Jamie Smith, whose shot was too fierce for Congreve.
Manager Arran Duke threw on Jack Saunders and Jack Friend, who had been left on the bench after illness, and there was now a bit more urgency to March's play.
Captain Danny Emmington saw a low free kick well saved, Friend's header from Eoin McQuaid's cross was saved for a corner and the striker saw another effort saved as March threw the kitchen sink at the game.
But Yarmouth held tight and ended up deserved winners.
MARCH (4-3-3): Congreve; Barker, Short, Emmington, McLeish; Burrows (Saunders 57 mins), McQuaid, Gibson; Allen (Friend 57), Gillies, Warren (Cavozzi 76).
BOOKED: Warren, Barker (fouls).
STAR MAN: Lewis Gibson – a constant threat from set pieces.