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March boss Duke: 'We'll have to go again'

March Town boss Arran Duke said his side needs to show the resilience to go again after having the chance of promotion snatched from their grasp for a second successive season.

March were second in the Eastern Counties League Division One North table when non-league football at steps 3-7 were curtailed by the FA yesterday (Wednesday).

The previous campaign they were also in the promotion area with ten games to play, as well as in two cup finals, when the season was declared null and void.

March Town manager Arran Duke.
March Town manager Arran Duke.

"Deep down it is the decision I expected," said Hares boss Arran Duke. "I would have hated to have to resume in August but it is still disappointing although, after last season, we are getting used to it.

"I felt we would have been promoted to Step 5 at the end of the 2019/20 saeson had it been completed, and we were well on course for it this season too, so for the 2021/22 season we just have to go again.

"Some clubs have been very unlucky and some clubs who were struggling have been let off the hook. But the board, who have been so brilliant, are still supportive and everything is still in place for another promotion push."

Duke is yet to speak to players about next season but said: "After last season was called off, there was finished business and they all came back. I feel it will be the case again... they have a job to complete and the aim is still Step 5 football."

He said, if the Cambridgeshire County League season does resume, he has full confidence in Luke Pepper's squad to get promotion from Kershaw Senior A, and first team players would only feature if required.

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