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March Town strengthen play-off quest and Wisbech Town gain rare away win but Parson Drove beaten

March Town earned a vital three points in their play-off quest this afternoon while Wisbech Town won away from home in the league for only the second time this season. Parson Drove, however, were narrowly beaten at home.

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.

They repeated the scoreline they achieved in the Midlands back in October to strengthen their fifth-place position.

Jack Saunders scored for March today
Jack Saunders scored for March 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.

March need a maximum of ten points from their final six games to achieve a play-off place, with 11th-place Lutterworth Town the visitors next Saturday.

On Tuesday evening Matty Foy netted his ninth of the season as March drew 1-1 at Cogenhoe United.

John Challinor scored Wisbech’s winner today. Picture: Erin Larham
John Challinor scored Wisbech’s winner today. Picture: Erin Larham

Over at Kimberley Miners Welfare, the home side and visiting Wisbech Town created good chances during a goalless first half on a poor pitch in this bottom-five clash.

The Fenmen took the lead after 53 minutes when John Challinor picked the ball up about 25 yards out and fired it into the back of the net for his fourth goal in ten games for Wisbech, and that’s the way it stayed.

Next Saturday Wisbech visit Newark and Sherwood United, three points and four places above them in the table.

A 72nd-minute goal from George Barron was all that separated the sides at Parson Drove as the 13th-placed home side went down to a third defeat in a week, beaten 1-0 by promotion challengers Stanway Pegasus.

Jack Prentice scored twice for Parson Drove in midweek
Jack Prentice scored twice for Parson Drove in midweek

It was the second time this week Drove had faced top opposition after losing 3-2 at leaders Great Yarmouth Town on Wednesday evening.

Two Jack Prentice goals saw them 2-0 up at the break before The Bloaters scored three goals in just nine second-half minutes to record a ninth straight home win.

Drove host play-off challengers Cornard United 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.

Wisbech: George, Howe, Wren, Twite, Mattless, O. Williams, Ward, Wilson, Frew, Challinor (Roberts 73 mins), Murkin (A. Williams 90). Subs (not used): Kacirek, Briggs. Attendance: 172.

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