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March Town to appeal FA league allocation, but manager Ashley Taylor cracking on with United Counties Football League Premier Division South plans



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March Town have voiced displeasure at their 2022/23 league allocation - but manager Ashley Taylor has vowed to get on with the job.

The fate of Fenland’s senior sides was confirmed last week, with the Hares being placed in the United Counties Football League (UCL) Premier Division South.

Wisbech Town will play in the UCL Premier Division North, facing off against the likes of Skegness Town, Newark and Pinchbeck United.

Ashley Taylor is preparing for the 2022/23 United Counties Football League Premier Division South season
Ashley Taylor is preparing for the 2022/23 United Counties Football League Premier Division South season

Parson Drove will remain in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North, while Wisbech St Mary will no longer be classed as a senior team after being relegated from Step 6.

March, who could face lengthy trips to Coventry (United and Sphinx) and Milton Keynes Irish, have appealed the FA’s decision.

However, boss Taylor isn’t confident of success - and is therefore cracking on with his Premier Division South plans.

March have appealed the FA's decision and hope to stay in the Thurlow Nunn League
March have appealed the FA's decision and hope to stay in the Thurlow Nunn League

“If I’m being honest, we would have preferred to stay in the Thurlow Nunn League because we know the teams,” he said.

“From a recruitment point of view, there were some players who would have signed had we stayed in that league.

“That’s the card we’ve been dealt and that’s what we have to deal with, so I’m not going to moan about it or make excuses.

“It is what it is, and we just need to crack on.”

Most of the Hares squad has already committed to playing for the club next year
Most of the Hares squad has already committed to playing for the club next year

The Hares manager has confirmed that the majority of his group has committed to playing for the club next season, with one player considering their future due to travel worries.

Taylor has now identified a few positions in the squad which could be bolstered by some new arrivals as he heads into his first pre-season at the helm.

Despite expressing frustration at their league allocation, he admits there are a number of stand-out fixtures on the calendar.

“We look forward to every game. Histon will be a massive game and one of our closest ones, while Eynesbury and Godmanchester are other local games for us.

“There are also some massive clubs in there like Rugby, who have a fantastic stadium.

“Newport Pagnell finished fourth or fifth in the league, and they got all the way to the FA Vase final. I think it just shows the strength of this league.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge. It’s new, there are new teams to play against and it’s a new experience for us all. There will be some good memories - I’m sure of that.”

Wisbech St Mary manager previously told the Citizen that he would stay in charge no matter where the club ended up. However, he had been confident that his side wouldn’t be relegated.



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