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March Town United manager wants to finish with a flourish in United Counties League Premier Division South





March Town manager Ash Taylor isn’t ruling out a fourth-place finish in United Counties League Premier Division South as his side reaches the business end of the season.

The Hares are now 11 points clear in the final United Counties League Premier Division South play-off place after a 2-1 home victory over mid-table Coventry United on Saturday.

They need a maximum of ten points from their final six games to achieve a play-off place but Taylor is challenging players to finish as high in the table as possible

March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove after the opening goal.
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove after the opening goal.

March are four points adrift of St Neots Town in fourth and Taylor said: "I think we should be out of sight and we shouldn't be in a position where we are kind of looking over our shoulder a little bit, but that's the situation and we have to deal with it.

"I think today getting the three points and other teams around us losing that will then take it to eight points if they win their game in hand and we've got six games remaining.

"You'd like to think we could finalise that spot but we're not stupid and there are more games to play but the way that I'm looking at it is not can we secure fifth but can we secure fourth or even third?

"I think you have to look at it like that instead of just saying let's get fifth place. We want to get to the play-offs. We want to have a massive game as we love the massive games and we'll be confident if we do get there.

"Yes we'd back ourselves and you combine that with a cup final then that's a really good season."

The March chief added: "I think if you finish fifth, then you're going to be away and away, whereas if we were to finish fourth and results went our way, there is the possibility that you could be the home team in the final.

"We're not saying we've done it yet as there are some tough games to go, but as far as putting ourselves in a good position after being under pressure and having to deal with that pressure, I think that's a big step for us today."

Ben Seymour-Shove opened the scoring for March in the first half to level with Craig Gillies as top scorer with 13 goals and captain Jack Saunders made it 2-0 after the break with his second of the season before United pulled one back.

"It's been difficult lately with some tough games. It was nice to get back in front of our fans today and be back on our home ground as it feels like it has been ages since we've played here," admitted Taylor.

"There was a little bit of pressure on today's game. Results have not been kind of what we would have hoped for, although we're not been losing games, we've been been drawing.

"There was pressure to kind of go and get the three points and I thought we delivered today.

"We stayed calm and didn't look panicked at all and massive credit to the chairman Lee Brown Lowe, who has put in so much work on this pitch to try to get it how it was today.

"To be able to play some football was nice because the last few games haven't been the kind of football that I want us to play, we've had to kind of fight and scrap, which we've done.

"It was nice to be more creative and get to pass the ball a little bit more.

"We have a certain way we like to play. We are quite flexible in what we can do, but we set up a certain way today to try to dominate the ball, which I felt we did.

"Could we have been more ruthless, yes, as I think we've had 18 shots so you would like to think you get a few more goals from that, but the positive is we've got two goals today and the last few games have just been like one goal here and there.

"To get two and then be in a position where we could have got more today gives us massive confidence because we've only been creating around six or seven opportunities on goal in those tough games."

Although they did register from a set play after the interval, Taylor wasn't overly concerned that his side failed to convert from one of the Hares' 14 corners in the first half.

"Today Matty Foy had a tight hamstring, he's a big guy and good at set plays, Jack Withers is another big guy who took a knock to the head against Cogenhoe and Craig (Gillies) was on the bench coming back from a head injury.

"You put them three in there, then I pretty much guarantee you they would have been one or two more goals but I think height-wise, the only guy we had in there was Joe Rider."

March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Craig Gillies
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Craig Gillies
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Callum Carolan
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Callum Carolan
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). March manager Ash Taylor
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). March manager Ash Taylor
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Jack Saunders celebrates
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Jack Saunders celebrates
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders scored the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders scored the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove celebrates giving March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove celebrates giving March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Ben Seymour-Shove
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Ben Seymour-Shove
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders celebrates scoring the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders celebrates scoring the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Harry Edwards
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Harry Edwards
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders celebrates scoring the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Jack Saunders celebrates scoring the second goal for March
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove celebrates giving March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Ben Seymour-Shove celebrates giving March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Ben Seymour-Shove scoring the opening goal to give March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green) Ben Seymour-Shove scoring the opening goal to give March a 1-0 lead
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green)
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Danny Emmington
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Danny Emmington
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Callum Carolan
March Town (yellow) v Coventry United FC (green). Callum Carolan

Lutterworth Town are the visitors to the GER next Saturday.

March: Gill, Bucciero (Cavozzi), Edwards, Brumby, Emmington, Whyatt, Burrows (Biggs), Green, Rider (Gillies), Saunders (Foye) Seymour-Shove (Calloran).

Star man: Adam Brumby.

Attendance: 216.



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