Fantastic victory as 10-men March book place in county cup final
Newmarket Town 0, March Town 2
Cambridgeshire Invitational Cup semi-final
Ten-man March enjoyed a memorable win on Tuesday evening at higher league opponents and will now play Cambridge City in the final at Cambridge United's Abbey Stadium on Tuesday, April 7.
It is the first time March have reached the final since 1991.
The Hares rested top scorers Craig Gillies and Jack Friend and were rocked by Tarren Moxon's straight red card in the 32nd minute but still did enough to beat The Jockeys, who are third in the step above March, the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League premier division.
Promotion chasing March opened the scoring at The Tristel Stadium in the 25th minute when Toby Allen jinked his way into the Newmarket area before slotting in with a low left footed finish past Alex Archer. However, seven minutes later the visitors were down to 10 men when Moxon was handed a straight red card for a late challenge on Jack Chandler.
But March remained organised in the face of adversity and while their hosts dominated possession thereafter, chances were few, Chandler heading straight at Hares keeper Charlie Congreve from six yards out early on and the same player seeing a header hit the post after 54 minutes.
But March were always in the game and nearly made sure of victory in the 79th minute when Jack Rawson's shot from the edge of the box looked destined for the bottom corner, only for James Seymour to get back on the line and clear.
The win was sealed in the second minute of injury time when Friend sprinted clear and chipped Archer with ease.
In the other tie Isthmian League north division strugglers Cambridge City, who are two leagues above March, won 1-0 at Soham, from the same division.The final will be on Tuesday, April 7.
March: Congreve, Burrows, Short, Emmington (C), McLeish, Rawson, Moxon, Gibson (Friend 82 mins), McQuaid, Edge (Gillies 76), Allen. Suns (not used): Saunders, Rothery, Cooke.
Booked: Rawson (foul), Edge, McLeish (dissent).
Sent off: Moxon (foul).
Man of the Match: Danny Emmington.
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