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March Town 5, Kirkley & Pakefield 1

Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division

Rejuvenated striker Jack Friend netted four times as an irresistible display from The Hares overpowered their Suffolk opponents today.

Jack Friend turns away after opening the scoring
Jack Friend turns away after opening the scoring

Usually so prolific, Friend had netted just once in his first seven games of the season, but made it eight in four as the Royals were brushed aside.

Three of his goals were set up by the impressive Jack Frohawk, who was superb all afternoon, and with captain Danny Emmington also having an excellent game at centre back and Jack Saunders superb in midfield, The Hares were simply too good for a team that came into the match ninth in the table, seven places above them.

The Hares lost keeper Simon Dalton to an injury in the warm-up, top scorer Craig Gillies was also not fit to start, midfielders Jack Rawson and Lewis Gibson were suspended and unavailable respectively and defender Drew Barker injured – but they'll all have to fight to get their places back after this display.

Jack Friend's second goal from the penalty spot
Jack Friend's second goal from the penalty spot

March took the lead in the 12th minute when a superb ball from defence by Emmington set Frohawk away on the right wing and he crossed superbly for the onrushing Friend to guide home.

However, the visitors levelled after 25 minutes when an unstoppable 25-yard volley by Kyle Haylock gave goalkeeper Max Filntoft no chance at all on his debut.

The home side were back in the lead four minutes before the break when Jack Saunders was fouled in the area and Friend drilled the spot kick into the top right corner.

Within 30 seconds of the second half re-start it was 3-1 when Emmington once again picked out a wonderful pass to find Frohawk on the right and he crossed for Friend to seal his hat-trick.

Jack Friend makes it 3-1
Jack Friend makes it 3-1

Six minutes later and it was a Jack attack as Saunders picked out Frohawk and he unselfishly squared for Friend to nab a fourth.

Friend then saw a 60th minute header superbly saved and Frohawk had an effort bravely headed off the line a minute later. But in the 74th minute, Frohawk finally got the goal his efforts deserved, cutting in from the right and firing home off the inside post to make it 5-1.

There were no more goals for the Hares, but they continued to dominate, with late substitute Stef Cavozzi tormenting an already beleaguered defence with his scintillating pace and going close with a shot that forced the best out of the visiting keeper.

Jack Friend scores his fourth
Jack Friend scores his fourth

MARCH TOWN (4-3-3, r-l): Flintoft; Garner (Green 82 mins), Emmington, Short, Alsop; Burrows, Saunders, Moxon; Frohawk (Mattless 87), Friend, Warren (Cavozzi 78). Subs (not used): Dalton, Gillies.

STAR MAN: Jack Friend - always easy to pick the man who scores four goals, but his work ethic, positioning and running was second to none.

ATTENDANCE: 150.

Celebrating Jack Friend's first goal
Celebrating Jack Friend's first goal
Captain Danny Emmington was superb at the back and set the way to two goals with some great passing
Captain Danny Emmington was superb at the back and set the way to two goals with some great passing
Max Flintoft made his debut for The Hares
Max Flintoft made his debut for The Hares
Jack Saunders is taken down in the penalty area
Jack Saunders is taken down in the penalty area
Jack Friend celebrates his second goal with Jack Saunders
Jack Friend celebrates his second goal with Jack Saunders
Jack Friend's fourth goal is celebrated
Jack Friend's fourth goal is celebrated
Brody Warren on the ball
Brody Warren on the ball
Jack Saunders had a great match
Jack Saunders had a great match
Jack Frohawk makes if five
Jack Frohawk makes if five
Jack Frohawk was happy with his goal
Jack Frohawk was happy with his goal
Jack Friend shares Jack Frohawk's delight at his goal
Jack Friend shares Jack Frohawk's delight at his goal
Josh Burrows wins the ball but Sam Garner lays on the floor after a foul that left him injured and substituted
Josh Burrows wins the ball but Sam Garner lays on the floor after a foul that left him injured and substituted


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