Cup dreams dashed despite gallant effort

Haverhill 2, March Town 0

MARCH’S dream of a place in the Cambs Invitation Cup final remained just that after they came out second best to a very good Haverhill side last Tuesday night in the semi-finals.

Manager Jamie Weston was left with a very depleted squad but the troops he fielded did not let themselves down with a stubborn display against a high-flying Premier Division side.

The home side took the lead after 26 minutes when Jack Higgs provided a cool finish after a low cross from the left.

Chances were not rare, but March had a very good opening to equalise when Denny Escorcio fed Ashley Brand who rounded the goalkeeper only for the ball to get away from him as he slipped and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Escorcio also had a good effort saved by the keeper but it was really the home side who bossed the first 45 minutes without troubling Lee Brooks too much.

After the break Haverhill always looked the most likely to score and added a second goal from the penalty spot when Joe Barnes was a little harshly deemed to have fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded.

Paul Rowell had a good effort from 25 yards for March but Haverhill were dominant and March defended well.

Weston commented: “It was a good effort in the circumstances and we did create the odd opening but defended well and worked hard. The lads can be proud of their efforts.”

March: Lee Brooks, Lee Day, Jordan Goult, Joe Barnes, Ben Lemmon, Kyle Plumb, Adam Cornell, Stu Anderson, Denny Escorcio, Juliano De Menezes, Ash Brand. Subs: Mark Newton, Andy Bryan, Paul Rowell.