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Jack Friend strikes six as March Town begin Thurlow Nunn League campaign with 8-1 triumph at Leiston Res

Jack Friend struck six goals as clinical March Town began their Thurlow Nunn League First Division North campaign with an 8-1 triumph at Leiston Reserves.

Other Hares scorers were Mo Hamza and Florian Tsaguim.

Manager Brett Whaley said of the scoreline: "It's certainly my best start. We couldn't have asked for more, really.

March Town FC v Wisbech St Mary. Jack Friend (5476659)
March Town FC v Wisbech St Mary. Jack Friend (5476659)

"It was an odd game. They were a very talented young side who played some really good football. But we were just really effective.

"They probably had more possession but without really hurting us. Every time we went forward we looked like scoring. We've always had dangerous attacking players.

"We let them have the ball in areas where they weren't going to hurt us. I wouldn't say 8-1 flattered us because we were very dominant but they will probably feel they did okay in parts.

"It was good to click and play like that early on."

Whaley was wary of his opponents going into one of March's longest trips of the season and added: "You never really know what's going to happen.

"You can plan as much as you want but it can go wrong on the first day. You go into it quite excited but quite nervous. We conceded but it's hard to be critical of the side."

March on Tuesday (Aug 6) night face a tricky game at home to Fakenham and on Saturday begin another FA Cup campaign at home to Norwich United.

"It's good to get going. We needed it because Tuesday will be a tough test," Whaley added.

Wisbech St Mary lost 1-5 at home to Diss Town. On Friday in TNL First Division North Saints entertain AFC Sudbury Res

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