March Town 1, Long Melford 0
HARES manager Brett Whaley was not just happy to see his side end a four-game losing run but also delighted with the way his players worked hard to grind out a result at the GER on Saturday.
The poor run had seen Whaley’s side drop to sixth place in the Ridgeons Division One table and he was concerned that all the good work earlier this season would be put to waste.
Although the team did not play with the confidence they enjoyed earlier this campaign there was no denying their effort on this occasion and no one could deny them the win.
The only goal came after 40 minutes when Casey Logan’s corner found skipper Luke Pepper at the far post to out jump a Melford defender to head home.
The best spell of March play undoubtedly came in the first 15 minutes of the second half with three good chances to put the game to bed with Adam Rothery crashing a volley over the bar from close range.
March had 17-year-old Jack Hayden making his debut in goal covering for the absent Aaron Butcher. Hayden was among four loanees from Histon in the March squad.
Whaley said: “It was a poor game but I was delighted with the way we knuckled down and worked hard to get a result. We had a very good spell just after the break when we should have killed the game off but we have lost games in these situations before.
“This was all about team work and although we lacked that bit of confidence I have to be happy with the performance after the last four games.
“Jack Hayden did not have too much to do in goal, but handled and talked well for a 17-year-old.”
Whaley did not call up loan striker Liam Harrold from King’s Lynn after he missed training in midweek and said: “We worked very hard in training and I knew this game would be all about team work and not individuals. Stu Anderson worked very hard up front and I am not sure we could have provided the ball to get the best out of Liam in this game but we may still use him in the future.”
March: Jack Hayden, Gavin Cooke, Marc Welcher, Adam Rothery, Adam Sutton, Chris Lenton, Casey Logan, Kyle Nolan, Stu Anderson, Luke Pepper, Ash Brand. Subs used: Curtis Fulcher, Lewis Cook, Matt Waters.
With no game this weekend, the Hares’ next game is a week tonight at Godmanchester Rovers in the Ridgeons Division One Cup semi-final.