Hard work to beat basement boys

Cornard 0, March Town 1

THE Hares made hard work of collecting three points at the Ridgeons Division One’s bottom club and had to be thankful for an own goal for the victory in the end.

March were never really at their best but did perform better of the two sides in the first half when they should really have taken at least a 2-0 lead.

After only five minutes Julian De Menezes had an opening from 12 yards but missed the target and then Ash Brand hit the bar from a tight angle from 10 yards out.

But perhaps the best of the chances fell to Adam Cornell, who has been in good goalscoring form recently, but he shot narrowly wide from six yards after the best move of the first 45 minutes.

But after the break it was the home side who had the upperhand and had the better chances and it was fortunate for March that Lee Brookes was in such good form racing off his line to thwart three one-on-ones and making two other good saves into the bargain.

But after 65 minutes March enjoyed a some good fortune when Cornell crossed from the right and a Cornard defender’s attempted clearance screwed off his boot into the bottom corner of the net. In fairness there were two March forwards waiting to pounce had he missed the ball.

March had to soak up the pressure after that with Brookes in good form and Lee Day and Marc Welcher in also doing well in defence..

Manager Jamie Weston: “We did not play particularly well, but it was not easy in the conditions against a bottom of the table side.

“In the end we had to dig out the result but the commitment was a lot better than the previous week with Brookes, Day and Welcher doing a very good job for us in defence.”

March: Lee Brookes, Joe Barnes, Marc Welcher, Lee Day, Jordan Goult, Grant Watson, Adam Cornell, Luke Pepper, Juliano De Menezes, Ash Brand, Kyle Plumb. Subs used: Denny Escorcio, Andy Bryan.

March are without a game again this weekend with the fixture against Team Bury called off yet again because of the their club’s county youth commitments.

Weston is certainly not happy with the situation. “Apart from the games called off because of the weather we must have had four blank Saturdays, too.

“You want to be playing and trying to get some consistency. It means our next league games is at Diss on January 29 which will be a tough one for us.”

Weston has arranged a friendly against UCL Blackstones at the GER tonight (7.30) weather permitting.

Adam Sutton, who missed Saturday’s game with a knee injury, looks like being out for five to six weeks