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March Town Ladies lost to Newmarket Town in Cambridgeshire Womens & Girls County Football League S-Tech Division 1 action

March Town Ladies bemoaned their bad luck as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Newmarket Town.

The Hares came into the Cambridgeshire Womens & Girls County Football League S-Tech Division 1 fixture off the back of a 7-1 loss to Cardea, but showed their confidence hadn't taken a hit with a bright start.

They could have been two goals to the good after the opening ten minutes, with Eleanor McLeish seeing her shot saved by the Newmarket goalkeeper's feet before Abby Grist forced another good save.

Deva Rawlins in the thick of the action
Deva Rawlins in the thick of the action

Shortly afterwards, a poor backpass from a Newmarket defender forced the keeper to turn another goal-bound ball round the post.

However, the away side looked dangerous on the break and home goalkeeper Peggy Thurlby pulled off a great stop when one-on-one with an opposing striker.

Adele Munday had a good effort just before half-time, but the scoreline remained goalless at the break.

Player of the match Liv Holden (52117598)
Player of the match Liv Holden (52117598)

The second half kicked off in feisty fashion, with the referee missing an apparent headlock by a Newmarket player - who was subsequently substituted almost instantly.

The Hares fell behind after a handball led to a Newmarket penalty being awarded.

Thurlby did well to get a hand to the spot-kick, but couldn't prevent it nestling in the back of the net.

March rallied and went close in the last 15 minutes after a goal-mouth scramble resulted from Lexi Waters' free kick, with McLeish being denied an equaliser by a last-ditch tackle.

They were unable to fashion another clear-cut chance, meaning they have now lost two of their opening three games.

Liv Holden was handed the player of the match award after an excellent defensive performance.

Manager Gary Davis said: "After last week's defeat, it was a great response from the whole team and we were so unlucky not to get anything from the game.

"The team has a number of new players who are bow bonding with the team on and off the pitch."

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