First league win for two months

Debenham LC 0,

March Town 2

The Hares notched their first league win since September 29 after sub Toby Ogbonna scored on his debut in Thurlow Nunn Division One on Saturday.

Two second half goals sealed the welcome three points for Paul Crosbie’s men.

Ogbonna, younger brother of the Fenmen’s Dubi, joined March last week on loan from Wisbech Town.

After Danny Emmington had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead, Ogbonna came off the bench for the last 15 minutes and tapped-in a late goal.

March boss Paul Crosbie said: “Although we have had a couple of cup wins in October, it is nice to get our first point out of 21 available.

“We got a hiding against Swaffham two weeks ago, but we were steady and it was a far more complete performance from start to finish.

“All 14 players who featured on the pitch worked very hard, and that is what wins you games.

“In the second half our goalkeeper has never had to make a save. He dealt with corners and crosses, but was never tested.”

March should have scored earlier, but Ash Brand hit the bar, Robbie Masters fired a couple of efforts over the woodwork, Luke Pepper had a free-kick saved and Michael Anker also went close.

Centre-half Max Mattless created a few chances after the break before Emmington sent a fabulous free-kick from just outside the box into the top corner of the net.

With the visitors still probing, Scott Welcher won the ball with a brilliant tackle and laid it on to Stuart Anderson on the right. The wide man’s work set up Ogbonna for an easy first Hares goal.

Crosbie added: “Toby is a quiet lad but by the end of the day he was slightly more talkative. He’s only young, 18 years old, and scoring in a 15-minute cameo can’t do him much harm.

“You don’t want to change a winning starting XI. I have had a few chats with Toby about it and explained the situation.

“He was brought in to supplement us as we did not have competition earlier among the front players.”

Defender Marc Welcher, brother of Scott, returned to the club from Yaxley at the end of last week.

Welcher was one of a number of players who left the GER in the summer to join former March manager Brett Whaley at Yaxley.

However Welcher, as well as Pepper and Brand, have recently rejoined.

The Hares now have a free Saturday before playing Gt Yarmouth.

March: Collett, Mattless, Sutton, Anker, Spendelow, Darlow, Pepper, S. Welcher, Brand, Emmington, Masters. Subs used: Anderson, McDonough, Ogbonna.