March Town and Wisbech St Mary kick-off 2019-20 Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League season
The 2019-20 Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League kicks-off this weekend, with two Fenland football sides involved.
In First Division North on Saturday, March Town travel to Leiston Reserves, with Hares boss Brett Whaley saying “promotion will be a real chance” if they can continue last season’s progress.
Meanwhile, Wisbech St Mary entertain Diss Town at the ABC Meats Stadium.
On Tuesday is March’s first home match of the campaign, against Fakenham Town, who Whaley rates as among the title favourites.
March finished fourth last season, just two points behind third-spot Mulbarton, with Fakenham in sixth.
Saints finished in 18th, second from bottom, in a difficult campaign.
Whaley said of the GER ground side’s mood going into the campaign: “We’re positive.
“We kept most of the same squad and we had a decent end to the season.
“The hope is this year we can carry on where we left off.
“If we can, promotion will be a real chance for us.
“The club off the field are moving forward. A lot of hard work is going on behind the scenes.
“So we’re positive. We just can’t wait to get going now.”
On his first game at Leiston, who finished ninth last term, Whaley added: “You never really know when you’re playing a Reserves side.
“They could have some first-teamers in there. They were mid-table last season. If we play well, I don’t see why we can’t go and get a result there.
“Fakenham are one of the favourites for the league. It’s quite a tough start, but we’re as ready as we can be.”
March lost their BKD Trophy tie to Pinchbeck United 3-0 on Saturday and Whaley wants to iron out a trend of a few good games, then a bad one.
He said: "We had a bit of a bad day. It was a problem last year.
“It was a bit of a wake up call going into the league, but that may be a good thing.”
March: Dalton; Baker, Cooke, Callaghan, Gibson, Logan, Friend, Rawson, Short, Hamza, Gillies, Subs: Mattless, Kilford, Mazurek, Warren.
March had in midweek beaten Godmanchester Rovers 4-1. Goals came from Craig Gillies, Jack Rawson, Lewis Gibson and Gav Cooke.
On Thursday, the Hares’ newly-formed under-18 squad ran out 6-0 winners against Fakenham Town U18’s. Scorers were M Jacklin (2), Tristan, F Clarke, E Romanos and D King.
Last Tuesday, July 23, the Reserves beat Chatteris Town first team 1-0 to win them the Bill Salisbury Trophy for 2019/20.