Brett’s aiming to banish Hares’ sluggish start

SPORT: Football, March Town FC training at Powerleague, Stanground, as fixtures are off due to frozen pitches.
SPORT: Football, March Town FC training at Powerleague, Stanground, as fixtures are off due to frozen pitches.

BRETT Whaley will be looking for a faster start from his players when they take on Team Bury at the GER on Saturday in Ridgeons Division One.

The March boss feels his side were sluggish at the start of the 1-1 draw at Stowmarket in the latest league game having not played the previous week and it proved costly in the end.

“We did not start well in the game and found ourselves a goal down,” he said.

“That gave Stowmarket a big lift and we did not get the equaliser until very late on.

“Even in a friendly against Whittlesey last Tuesday night we started badly and were 2-0 down but did get 3-2 in front before the game ended after 70 minutes.

“Bury got a good point against Thetford in the last game and will no doubt come here in a confident mood so it is imperative we start well and hopefully get the first goal which could be all important.”

Whaley, obviously worried about his side’s inactivity in the last three weeks, had already booked an all-weather surface in Peterborough on Saturday in anticipation of the Thetford game being called off and the squad had an hour’s training. Soham Town were on the surface before them.

Whaley added: “It was a good work out, we had two good sessions of five-a-side to make sure our passing is right. You can’t work on your shape or tactics but it was good to be able to do something.”

The Hares boss also revealed he would have been without four players at Thetford with Luke Pepper and Marc Welcher ill and Ben Hepworth and Lewis Cook working, so in a way it was a blessing the cup game was called off.

That will now be played on Tuesday, February 14.

Whaley hopes to have all four players back this Saturday. It will be Welcher’s last game before he starts a three-game ban but Pepper has escaped a suspension for five bookings as four came before Christmas.

March chairman Phil White is hoping for a big crowd for the game after the club gave free admission to the last home game.

That game attracted 178 fans and with many promising to return for the next home game.

White said: “Hopefully we can boost our numbers. The team performed well in the that game and many fans told me they would be coming back, but the proof is in the pudding so to speak.”

To attract more people children under 16 will be admitted free to the game providing they are accompanied by an adult.