Hares playing catch-up after stop-start season

MARCH have got to play catch-up as they go into the New Year, after a stop-start schedule in their Ridgeons League Division One schedule.

The Hares are just one-third of the way through their league programme because of fixture changes, postponements and the bad weather – leaving them with 21 more games to play.

But manager Jamie Weston is looking forward to the challenge and firmly believes that March can climb from their mid-table position into a challenging position.

Reviewing the campaign so far he said: “It’s been a strange Ridgeons League this season and to me there is no real stand-out team except, perhaps, for Stowmarket.

“For us it’s been very stop-start. Normally you wouldn’t really expect to get to Christmas and have played only 11 games in the league and just four at home, but that’s our position.

“The thing is if we win our games in hand we will climb right up there and we would be only three or four points behind Stowmarket.

“Overall I’m quite pleased with our form and the next few weeks will be really important for our season. There are matches coming up that I will be looking for us to win and then we can push on from there – starting at Downham Market just after Christmas. We just need to get a run going and with all due respect to Downham they are the games we have got to win.

“It has been disappointing to lose three at home and it all started with that first game against Thetford, when we lost badly and had Luke Pepper sent off.

“The other two defeats have been against Stowmarket and Diss – and that one by Diss was a really big disappointment. We just gave them an early Christmas present.

“But the good thing is, we’ve bounced straight back after those last two defeats.

“After Stowmarket we went to Cambridge University Press when they were top and unbeaten and hit them 5-1. That showed what we could do when we hit form.

“And it was the same after the Diss set-back. We went to Gorleston and won there, then picked up another win at Saffron Walden.”

The Hares lost at Halstead back in August and then drew at Godmanchester, but since then the away record has been 100 per cent – five wins out of five.

Weston continued: “But I look back and there have been too many Saturdays when everyone else has been playing and we’ve been without a game, which has been so frustrating. That’s left us behind with the fixtures and some catching up to do.”

Weston says that will put some pressure on his squad, especially if the wintry weather causes much more disruption and then games pile up into a backlog.

“We have a good squad and while it would be useful to pick up another player or two to strengthen it, that may be difficult as generally players who we could be interested in are quite settled at this stage of the season. But I’m also pleased with the way the Reserves have been playing – and top of their league – so we could call on some of those lads.”