March Town 1,
Brightlingsea Regent 2
THE Hares suffered their second Ridgeons Division One home defeat of the season against a team they had beaten 3-1 away at the end of September.
With skipper Luke Pepper sidelined with illness, March put in a below-par performance but may still have grabbed a point but for a missed penalty by Ash Brand late in the game.
Manager Brett Whaley included two new loan players in his squad with Peterborough Northern Star goalkeeper Lewis Moat and wideman Ryan Birtles from Deeping.
It was the visitors who started the game the better but midway through the first half, against the run of play, the Hares went ahead with Chris Lenton heading home from a Gavin Cooke corner. The fact they held on to that lead until half-time was due to very good saves from Moat, who did interest Wisbech Town at the start of the season.
With their lead still intact, it was hoped March would up their game in the second half but the visitors hit them with two early goals as they continued to look the better side.
They both came from shots that Moat could only block and it was the Brightlingsea players who reacted the quicker to the loose ball.
With 10 minutes to go March had the chance to equalise from the penalty spot but Brand, stepping up for the absent Pepper, could only send his spot kick wide of the target.
A disappointed Whaley said: “We just did not perform on the day. We could not make the ball stick up front and gave it away too easily in midfield.
“It was a bad day with six or seven players not at their best and we missed Luke Pepper too. We are mainly a young side and lack the experience so we are going to have good days and bad days.
“It is frustrating because if we could have upped our game in the second half we may well have won the game. As it was it was only two good saves in the first half by Lewis that kept us in front.
“I do not think he did too much wrong with their goals on the wet surface, but we did not react quicker than their players to the loose ball.”
March Town: Lewis Moat, Gavin Cooke, Marc Welcher, Guiliano Staffieri, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Adam Rothery, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Ryan Birtles, Ash Brand. Subs used: Lewis Cook, James Orviss, Dan Jenkins.