Stretched resources are hitting Hares

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March Town 1,

Saffron Walden 3

The depleted Hares were no match for the visitors from Essex on Saturday as they dropped out of the top six in the Ridgeons Division One.

Walden took the lead after 15 minutes conceding a poor goal with a ball over the top. The striker mishit his shot but Jordan Goult slipped as he tried to clear near the goalline and the ball trickled into the net.

Wisbech were back on terms after 20 minutes when Denny Escorcio was brought down in the box and Ash Brand scored from the penalty spot.

But back came the visitors after 30 minutes when a low cross from the right went across the face of the goal and was put in the net at the far post.

Just before the break Walden added a third goal when a Walden player cut in from the right and after evading one tackle was allowed to carry on and score from six yards.

After the break March tried to get back in the game and new signing Ashley Sanderson was introduced and he showed some glimpses of promise in midfield.

Escorcio was one on one with the keeper but a decent save denied him and then Brand volleyed over the bar from six yards.

Manager Jamie Weston commented: “We are very stretched at the moment with injuries and suspensions.

“The players did their best and some were forced to play in unusual positions but we were up against a very good side who had beaten the league leaders in midweek.”

March: Lee Brooks, Joe Barnes, Jordan Goult, Marc Welcher, Lee Day, Rory Wheeler, Josh Jackman, Adam Cornell, Juliano De Menezes, Ash Brand, Denny Escorcio. Subs used: Ben Lemmon, Ashley Sanderson, Andy Bryan.

On Saturday March are at home to Gorleston, who they have beaten in the league and FA Cup this season.

Kyle Plumb and Stu Anderson should be back but Weston will again be without six other players and a third win against their opponents will not be easy.

New signing Sanderson showed promise in his first 45 minutes for March and the former Whittlesey player could get a start this week.