March win battle of Premier Division's new boys
March Town 2, Fakenham 1
Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division
March beat another newly promoted team in Fakenham Town on Tuesday evening, with goals from Brody Warren and the prolific Jack Friend.
The Hares, who are now up to 13th place, welcomed striker Craig Gillies and central defender Dean Miller back after injuries, and had Scott Callaghan on the bench, having re-signed after spells with Lakenheath and Parson Drove.
The home side started the brighter and were rewarded when Warren scored after 16 minutes, with the referee playing an excellent advantage.
They continued to dominate and could have been further ahead before Hares' September Player of the Month Jack Friend cut in from the left and scored his 11th of the season two minutes before the break. The striker then hit the bar before the half was over.
After the break, The Ghosts attacked with more purpose and were awarded a penalty for a handball. Lewis Sturman's poor spot kick was well saved by Simon Dalton but he could not do anything as the ball rebounded to Sturman who easily scored from the rebound.
Fakenham pushed for an equaliser but apart from one shot that was scrambled away March comfortably held out for the win.
Manager Ash Taylor said after the match: "I am really happy with the result as recently we have been conceding too many goals. We spoke about how we could defend better as a team and tonight we did it.
"I thought that we had a fantastic first half and we could have had three or four goals. The reaction to Fakenham scoring was we stayed strong and didn't fall apart and defended for our lives.
"We are such an attacking team that sometimes we forget our defensive principles so we have to make sure that we don't switch off and concentrate and keep our shape.
"The biggest thing for us is that we stay in this league so tonight was a massive massive win for us."
March (4-3-3): Dalton; Garner, Miller (Short 65 mins), Emmington, Alsop; Rawson, Burrows, Saunders (Callaghan 90); Warren (Matthews 80), Gillies, Friend. Subs (not used): Mattless, Gibson.
Star man: Jack Saunders.