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Jack Friend nets brace as March Town bounce back in Thurlow Nunn League by beating Felixstowe Res – boss Whaley's reaction

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Thurlow Nunn League First Division North

March Town United 3 Felixstowe & Walton United Res 0

On target were Jack Friend with a brace and Craig Gillies at the GER Sports Ground as the Hares bounced back from the previous week's defeat.

Jack Friend scored twice for March on Saturday vs Felixstowe Res.
Jack Friend scored twice for March on Saturday vs Felixstowe Res.

March boss Brett Whaley said his troops should have perhaps scored more but for some wrong options.

Whaley commented: “Three-nil flattered them. Our keeper caught the ball from a cross then I don’t think he handled it all day.

"They literally didn’t have a shot on goal. They were a young side; they’re a Reserve side and we dominated them from the first whistle.

“The only criticism would be in the final third. It became a little bit easier and we made some bad options: held up the ball a little too long. Apart from that it was a really dominant performance.

“After you’ve lost a game you never quite know what you’re going to get.

“We spoke a lot in the week about not worrying about it and forgetting about it, moving on. Everybody has bad days.

"We let ourselves down last week and the performance wasn't good enough. I felt that maybe the boys are looking at the league table and worrying what results mean and taking our eyes off the ball.

"If they just play the football they're capable of, the results will come.”

Ex-Parson Drove goalkeeper Callum Summers was signed as Charlie Congreve was injured.

Whaley had served a suspension last week, when March lost 2-1 at home to Great Yarmouth, after protesting against the referee's decision of mistaken identity versus Mulbarton Wanderers in a previous game.

Whaley said: "When I spoke to the referee after the game he put a report in, so it meant I had a game suspended. It didn't help last week.

"I hold my hands up. I stepped over the line and that cost us last week.

"When the manager's not there it is slightly different. It didn't look quite right; a bit disjointed."

The Hares are up to sixth and next Saturday entertain fourth-spot Norwich CBS.

Congreve, Tarren Moxon, Tom McLeish and Gav Cooke should return.

March: Summers, Burrows, Gibson, Rawson, Emmington, Short, Edge, Rothery, Friend, Allen, Gillies. Subs: Jacklin, Saunders, B Warren, Romanos.

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