On the March

MARCH Town chairman Phil White is “over the moon” with the club’s fourth place finish in the Ridgeons Division One this season.

He also had special praise for manager Brett Whaley when he said: “Brett has done a magnificent job in his first season back at the club to finish fourth.

“The board would have been happy with a top 10 position so we are over the moon to finish in fourth place.

“It has been a fantastic season for the club on and off the pitch. The cup games against Wisbech were brilliant and brought in a lot of money and there has been the success in the league too.

“We have also moved forward off the pitch too and I am sure in the next two or three years we will make further strides with our facilities too. It is is really onwards and upwards.”

At the start of the season Whaley was concerned how long it would take for almost a new team – he made eight new signings pre-season – to settle in and gel. But by Christmas even promotion was a possibility.

He said: “In the end I am delighted to have finished fourth. I think we thoroughly deserved that.

“We have had some tremendous games this season and beat both the top two teams Thetford and Godmanchester and there was also two very good performances when we ran Wisbech close in the FA Cup.

“One of the big things is that we have learned to dig out results when we have perhaps not played so well and that did not happen too often in my first spell at the club. There is a real good spirit among the players and they have worked hard all season.”

Whaley is hoping that this season’s achievements will be a platform for promotion next season but is all too aware that the success could also bring him problems too.

He added: “It will not have gone unnoticed how well we have done and other clubs will be taking a look at our players.

“I know that Aaron Butcher has already had clubs chasing him and no doubt some of our other players will be targeted.

“I would like to think we can keep most of the squad together and add some new players to make us even stronger next season.”

If Butcher, who played at two levels above March previously, does leave then Whaley is almost certain to try and sign Lewis Moat who was on loan at the GER before Christmas.