Thompson brace on March debut

Braintree Res 1, March Town 3

TWO second half goals from Lewis Thompson meant the Hares pulled off a fine away win to put them on seventh spot in Thurlow Nunn Division One.

March boss Paul Crosbie said: “I’m really pleased for the players, they were absolutely buzzing. They have worked hard and in the last couple of weeks they have had real roastings from me.

“We have just beaten a side who are the reserves from the Conference and we are definitely going in the right direction.

“We are three games unbeaten now and have picked up seven points out of the last nine.”

March had opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard volley from Stu Anderson 15 minutes into the second half.

The visitors hit the bar with a header and Thompson turned in the rebound to put them 2-0 up after 65 minutes.

The hosts made it 2-1 with a dozen minutes left with a hotly-disputed penalty, Scott Welcher being booked for his protests, but Thompson sealed the points soon afterwards with a breakaway goal.

Anderson forced a save from the goalkeeper and Jack Saunders – who had come on for Danny Emmington – was bundled over from behind for a penalty, which Thompson put away.

Crosbie said: “Their penalty was a bit like the England penalty against Moldova. What’s the lad supposed to do? He can’t get his hand out of the way. “They put us under pressure in the last 15 minutes but we dealt well with their high balls into the box.”

March: Hipwell, Mattless, Sutton, Westley, Darlow, McDonough, Hollis, Welcher, Thompson, Anderson, Emmington. Subs used: G Staffieri, Lemmon, Saunders.