Hares need better starts

Saffron Walden 3,

March Town 2

Hares boss Paul Crosbie is bemused by his side’s sloppy starts as a second half comeback did not yield any points on Saturday in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One.

March Town were 3-0 down at the break but a rally with headers from free-kicks by Robbie Masters on the hour and Lewis Thompson on 85 minutes gave them hope.

Crosbie said: “I have to examine how we prepare the players. We need to start in a more positive manner.”

The Hares had a late goal from Ash Brand ruled out for offside.

Crosbie said: “A free-kick was cleared, Ben Lemmon played in the second ball to Robbie who dummied, and Ash took a touch and put it in the net. We were slightly bemused by the decision.

“We had an abysmal start and after some strong words at half-time we were very good. It was our season in a nutshell.

“We had one cleared off the line and two good penalty appeals turned down on Ash: in the first half when he was shoved in the box and in the second half the goalkeeper went out for the ball and led with his knee.

“The attitude we had in the second half is what we should have all the time.”

Max Mattless (the first of three games) and Jake Ogden begin bans on Saturday at Ipswich Wanderers, while Michael Anker is unavailable. Last night (Tuesday) March were at Downham Town and next Tuesday they are at Swaffham.

Crosbie added: “The results depend on what March team we send out: if it’s the one that played in the first half or in the second against Saffron Walden. Three of my back four on Saturday are missing, so we will have to make changes.”

March: Collett, Ogden, Mattless, Anker, Lemmon, Spendelow, Gallagher, Thompson, Emmington, Masters, Brand. Sub: Ogbonna.