Hares seek biggest gate

March Town FC starts training at the Neale Wade College in Wimblington Road. Brett Whaley.
March Town FC starts training at the Neale Wade College in Wimblington Road. Brett Whaley.

MARCH Town will be looking for their biggest home league attendance of the season when they offer free admission to everyone at Saturday’s Ridgeons League game against Halstead at the GER.

Earlier this season over 1,100 people packed the GER for the local derby FA Cup tie with Wisbech Town and after a very good performance chairman Phil White had hoped that many would return to the ground after a very good game.

But the next home game attracted only 65 people and last month only 38 fans turned up for a game. White said: “It was a major disappointment that we only got 65 after the cup-tie. But at least that cup crowd was a huge financial success for the club.

“The players have worked really hard this season and deserve a lot more support. With only a handful ofd home games to come we sat down as a board and looked at what we could do to get the people of March behind the club.

“So that is why we are giving free admission. We had 129 people here on Boxing Day which was our biggest league attendance for four seasons and If we can attract 150 on Saturday I will be very very happy.

“Ideally we would like to attract 125-150 fans every home game and the players deserve that support after their run of results and second place in the table.”

March will be looking for a sixth win in seven games when they come up against Halstead for the first time this season.

The Essex side sit seventh in the table after an indifferent recent spell which has seen them lose three of their last four away games.

But Whaley is taking nothing for granted: “January is an important month for us in regards to how the season will fan out. We need to get back to winning ways and Halstead will provide a tough test for us,” he said.

“If we can win our three remaining games in January then promotion could be a realistic aim. We have achieved more than I expected at this stage of the season with almost a new team and I have to admit I am really loving the job at the moment.”

Dan Jenkins (away) and Craig Norman (virus), who missed the Fakenham game, should be back and there is also a chance that Adam Sutton will have recovered from a hamstring injury.