High-flying Hares will relish return to action

March Town Football v Thetford'Aaron Butcher
March Town Football v Thetford'Aaron Butcher

March Town return to action on Boxing Day after a 16-day break and manager Brett Whaley is confident his side will not show any rustiness.

They are at at home to Downham in the Ridgeons Division One and they will be looking to make it a fifth straight win.

Whaley said: “We have had blank Saturdays twice before this season and we did look lethargic the first time but put in a good performance the second time.

“I am hoping to arrange a friendly this week, weather permitting, but everyone is raring to go after our good run so I do not have too many worries. But I certainly would not want the game to be called off because that would leave us three weeks without a game.

“We have a big month coming up in January with only one home game against Halstead which looks tough and three away. We have to prove we deserve our place in the top three and if we are to continue our challenge we must look to finish January unbeaten.”

Downham are on a bit of a revival at the moment with two wins and a draw in their last three games. The draw came at fourth placed Cambridge University Press when it finished 3-3 so March cannot afford any complacency.

New signing Ondre Odain has quickly settled with three goals in three games and goalkeeper Aaron Butcher has also done well.

Whaley added: “Aaron is enjoying playing at March and we will certainly have him over the next two weeks.

“The worry is a bigger club may come in for him but at the moment he is just pleased to be playing again and enjoying it.”

Certainly skipper Luke Pepper is also enjoying the March revival under Whaley’s second spell at the club.

He said this week: “This is the best squad of players I have played with at March. We also have strength in depth which has always been a problem in the past when injuries occurred.

“With a bit of luck we could win a promotion place but there is still a long way to go and we have to match the consistency of teams like Thetford.”