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March Town boss Ashley Taylor delighted with Thurlow Nunn Premier League form

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March Town go into the Christmas weekend occupying the highest league position they have in years – and manager Ashley Taylor is delighted with their recent form.

Since taking over from Arran Duke earlier this season, Taylor has overseen a dramatic change in fortunes at the Hares.

His side currently sit eighth in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division table and and were due to face a crunch game on Bank Holiday Monday against Ely City, who are just two places and three points below March in the standings.

March Town's manager Ashley Taylor is hoping for another big crowd
March Town's manager Ashley Taylor is hoping for another big crowd

However, the league announced this morning (Tuesdau) that all fixtures on December 27 have been postponed.

However, considering their poor defensive shape and non-existent away form earlier in the campaign, Taylor is happy with the improvements his players have made.

“We wanted to install a winning mentality, because the feeling when you win is a lot better than the feeling when you lose or draw,” he said.

“It’s taken us a while to get to the level we’re at right now, but we’re
going in the right direction.

“If I look at the team now compared to where it was at when I first joined, we’re definitely in a better
position. I think the way we play and the way we defend, we have a clear idea of what we want to do on the ball and off the ball.

“We don’t want to get carried away, we want to keep pushing ourselves. We understand we’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re nowhere near the finished article, but at the minute it’s all positive because the results have been coming.”

The Hares left it late to bag another win at Haverhill Rovers last Saturday, with goals from Jack Friend and Ben Matthews stealing the three points.

On Friend bagging yet another goal, Taylor said: “He’s been fantastic. If he gets an opportunity, nine times out of ten he’ll put it in the back of the net.

“That’s what Jack is about. He’s got great movement and great instinct in front of goal.”

Taylor was happy with the result, and was hoping to give March fans a late Christmas present against Ely.

“It’ll be a good game. When I first joined we played them at their place and they beat us, but the team we have now is in a stronger position,” he said before the game was called off.

“I know it’ll be a good game, but obviously they’ll be up for it because we’ve now overtaken them in the league.

“It’s a bit of a local derby game, so we look forward to that and I’m sure it’ll be like our last game where we had 254 supporters.

“Hopefully we’ll have that many, if not more, for this game, so it’s a game we’re really looking forward to.”

March Town vs Haverhill Rovers: Congreve, Moxon, Alsop, Miller, Emmington, Burrows, McQuaid, Friend, Gibson, Brumby. Subs: Matthews, Thomas.

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