Pepper could start for Hares

Luke Pepper in action for March Town
Luke Pepper in action for March Town

Following a blank fixture weekend, March Town United are at home to Halstead in the Thurlow Nunn League Division One on Saturday.

Former captain Luke Pepper could be in contention for a start since recently returning from a year out with knee ligament problems.

Hares manager Paul Crosbie said of the key midfielder: “He has coped quite well with his comeback. He will give us that little boost and he has more experience. Ironically he got injured after the away game at Halstead last season.”

Crosbie said of the game: “It will be a tough one. They are a good, young side and very mobile.

“We should have got something down there last season. If we play like we did in our previous game at Team Bury (a 7-1 defeat) we will be in for a rough afternoon.”

Crosbie has selection conundrums as he expects almost a full squad to be available. In the absence of goalkeeper Max Flintoft, James Mortlock continues between the sticks.

Of his goalkeeper situation Crosbie said: “Max continues his recovery. James played very well against Team Bury. Despite conceding seven goals, none of them were his fault.

“Chris Lamming has been called into work again, and work takes priority. That’s one game he had for us when he played very well against Swaffham.

“We will make some changes depending on who’s involved and who’s not.”

Flintoft is about two weeks away from a return, while his central defender brother Jack was injured in a college game a couple of weeks ago and the club will monitor his progress.

Crosbie is anticipating the return of Ryan Peacock, who has been away working during the last couple of weeks. Lewis Cook has also missed recent action due to work.