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March Town's FA Vase tie against Walsham Le Willows was postponed after a fan collapsed

March Town interim boss Ashley Taylor was left shaken after one of the club's fans collapsed at the weekend.

Supporter Colin Ruddock took ill 15 minutes into The Hares' FA Vase tie against Walsham Le Willows on Saturday, with the game postponed shortly afterwards.

Taylor didn't deny that the situation was a difficult one to deal with.

Ashley Taylor was worried when a Hares fan collapsed at pitchside.
Ashley Taylor was worried when a Hares fan collapsed at pitchside.

"It was tough, to be honest," he told The Citizen.

"Colin has been a supporter at our club for around 50 years or something like that. He’s a March Town legend.

"It wasn’t nice, and there were a couple of moments where we didn’t know what was going to happen with him.

"We were waiting for an ambulance, which took an hour to get there, which was crazy.

"The players said they’d be happy to play the game, but obviously we didn’t want to with him behind the goal.

"So the referee said he’d give it until four o’clock for the ambulance to get there, and it was abandoned after that.

"I understand that he’s back home now, which is good.

"He’s had some X-rays and they’re going to get back to him and let him know what the issue was.

"There’s no diagnosis as of yet."

Despite the game being cut short, Taylor was pleased with what he saw - and hoped to use those 15 minutes to his advantage during the rescheduled fixture, which was due to take place last night (Tuesday).

Speaking before the replay, he said: "I think for those 15 minutes we were on top.

"We had three good opportunities and they had one. It gave myself and their manager a chance to see how we play.

"It’s good from my point of view, because we can identify areas where we think we can hurt them. Likewise, they can do the same."

March were set to have a few players missing for the Vase match last night due to players having made plans before the fixture was rearranged.

However, Taylor had said: "It is what it is. We go there full of confidence and try to get through to the next round."

The Hares will now have their eyes on their next two league fixtures against Kirkley & Pakefield and Ely City, with their original game against Haverhill Rovers postponed to accommodate the Vase tie.

"In the league we’ve had two wins on the bounce now, so we want to continue that good form," Taylor said.

"They’re teams that are around us at the moments in terms of points totals, so they’re the type of games you have to go into trying to get the three points.

"It’s a really good opportunity to do it.

"We know that every game is tough. I know bits about Kirkley, I know they’re a very good attacking team, and I know quite a bit about Ely.

"Both games will be tough, but I believe we can get wins in both."

The interim boss is delighted with the start March have made under his tenure, and believes it can help them to propel up the league standings.

"The boys are full of confidence. There seems to be a good team spirit at the minute," he said.

"I think mentally they’re in a good place, and that’s showed."

March Town vs Walsham Le Willows (Saturday, September 11): Flintoft, Garner, Saunders, Short, Emmington, Moxon, Gibson, Burrows, Gillies, Friend, Warren

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