Hares suffer a washout

March Town suffered two Thurlow Nunn League Division One Christmas period postponements, at Downham Market on Boxing Day and at home to Fakenham on Saturday.

Hares manager Paul Crosbie said: “I got back home on Thursday and I was at the ground and there was standing water everywhere.”

The Fakenham match is re-arranged for Tuesday, February 26 and Downham for Saturday, April 27 - the final game of the season.

The 12th place Hares this weekend entertain second from bottom Stowmarket Town; then on Tuesday March face local rivals Wisbech in the Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final, 7.45pm kick off at the GER.

Crosbie said: “It is a little bit frustrating as we haven’t played since December the 15th. There is little chance to work with the lads given New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is this week and it is going to be awkward.

“Hopefully the lads have behaved themselves reasonably over Christmas.

“We definitely want to play next Saturday as we want to try and build on what we did during December.

“It is a bit of a headache as everyone should be available and we have got two games in a short space of time. We will probably juggle it around a bit.

“We could go on Saturday with a full squad and pick up some injuries while peoples’ work commitments will dictate who is playing.”

“The lads will be affected by having two games on the trot after almost a month off, particularly if the pitches are heavy. We will try and win both games.

“Wisbech will be a good one – we hope to get a decent crowd through the gate.

“We got hammered in pre-season and then gave a better account of ourselves in the league cup, holding them to 0-0 at half-time.

“We conceded two in the last three minutes and lost 4-0. We’re stronger now as a squad and as a unit compared to September. We hope to get closer to them this time.”

Key midfielder Luke Pepper got 50 minutes’ game time on Saturday for UCL side Yaxley, managed by ex-March boss Brett Whaley.

Crosbie said: “It is part of the deal where Brett waived the seven-day approach, it means they can have Luke if they needed him in an emergency.”