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March Town 2, Woodbridge Town 0

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division

Eoin McQuaid's decision to quit a Step 4 relegation fight to rejoin the Hares becomes more and more justified with every game the talented midfielder plays.

Eoin McQuaid opens the scoring for March
Eoin McQuaid opens the scoring for March

March have won seven and drawn one of McQuaid's eight league games since he left Wisbech Town for a second spell at March, and his wonderful goal today was his third since coming back.

McQuaid enjoys a lot more time on the ball at Step 5 compared to the physical Northern Premier League Midland Division, where strength and attrition are the main attributes of the top sides.

His goal today was deserving of another impressive performance, and Jack Friend's second half penalty completed a comfortable victory for Ash Taylor's men, who are now up to fifth in the table, having won 10 and drawn two of their last 12 games.

Jack Friend makes it 2-0 from the spot
Jack Friend makes it 2-0 from the spot

In truth it could have been a bigger margin of victory against the eighth placed Woodpeckers as McQuaid and striker Craig Gillies both hit the bar and visiting stopper Finlay Shorten made some great saves to deny Gillies and Friend.

The Hares dominated the opening stages but were nearly caught out after 10 minutes when an effort from Sean Rea flew inches wide.

Two minute later, though, and Gillies' header came back off the bar after he got on the end of a long Danny Emmington throw. Four minutes after that and McQuaid thumped the bar with a free kick after Jack Saunders was brought down.

Gillies then saw a fierce effort saved, with strike partner Friend's rebound blocked on the line as March hammered on the door.

Eoin McQuaid is congratulated after opening the scoring
Eoin McQuaid is congratulated after opening the scoring

And that door gave way after 23 minutes when captain Emmington's free kick was headed out of the box straight to McQuaid, whose 20 yard volley gave the keeper no chance. But just before the break the visitors went close themselves, with Ethan Broom rising high to head a free kick inches wide of Charlie Congreve's far post.

Gillies went close twice in the opening stages of the second half, and the match was won on the hour when keeper Shorten brought down Friend and the division's top scorer got up to smash home his 25th goal of the season.

Friend and Gillies both went close on two more occasions but the Hares had to settle for the 2-0 win, finishing against 10 men after Rae was dismissed late on after fouling Gillies to earn a second yellow card after being booked in the first half for tripping Emmington.

Jack Friend is congratulated after his penalty made it 2-0
Jack Friend is congratulated after his penalty made it 2-0

March (4-1-3-2, r-l): Congreve; Garner, Emmington, Miller, Brumby; Callaghan (Gibson 79 mins); Burrows, McQuaid (Green 75), Saunders (Cowie 67); Friend, Gillies. Subs (not used): Cavozzi, Edwards.

Woodbridge: Shorten,Rae, Mallett, Capel, Churchyard, Southgate, Sinclair, E Broom (M Broom 56 mins), Ray, Trotter, Keeble. Subs (not used): Snell, Ruth-Pateman.

Booked: Shorten, Rae (Woodbridge), Green (March).

Sent off: Rae (Woodbridge).

Star man: Eoin McQuaid - scored a wonderful goal and dictated much of the play.

Attendance: 258.

Craig Gillies goes up for a header
Craig Gillies goes up for a header
Danny Emmington puts in a cross
Danny Emmington puts in a cross
March defend a corner
March defend a corner
Eoin McQuaid's free kick hits the bar with the keeper beaten
Eoin McQuaid's free kick hits the bar with the keeper beaten
Jack Friend battles for possession
Jack Friend battles for possession
Craig Gillies is denied
Craig Gillies is denied
Eoin McQuaid on the ball
Eoin McQuaid on the ball
Captain Danny Emmington
Captain Danny Emmington
Dean Miller on the ball
Dean Miller on the ball
Jack Saunders in action
Jack Saunders in action
Josh Burrows on the ball
Josh Burrows on the ball
Jack Friend in action
Jack Friend in action
Dean Miller (right) and Scott Callaghan in the thick of the action
Dean Miller (right) and Scott Callaghan in the thick of the action
Jack Friend is brought down for the penalty
Jack Friend is brought down for the penalty
Captain Danny Emmington
Captain Danny Emmington


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