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March boss: 'Now we must concentrate on the league'




March Town manager Arran Duke is urging his team to put Tuesday evening's cup success to the back of their minds and concentrate on getting promotion.

The Hares currently sit just three points outside the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League division one north promotion area with a game in hand and 13 fixtures remaining. Eight of those games are at home, with leaders Mulbarton and third placed Downham coming to the GER ground.

Duke said: "The final is something to look forward to and we totally deserve to be there but we have nine league games before that and that's what we must focus on.

March Town manager Arran Duke. (29126061)
March Town manager Arran Duke. (29126061)

"We have a strong squad with lots of quality and they all want to play. Now we must forget about the cup final until it happens and play really well in these final games, starting at Haverhill Borough on Saturday.

"This will be out third consecutive away game and our third on a 3G pitch. It's a bit of a luxury playing on a nice pitch this time of year so we are all looking forward to it, especially as we didn't do ourselves justice when we drew with them (1-1 at home) three weeks ago. We have a full squad available too."

On Tuesday night,10-men March triumphed 2-0 at higher league Newmarket Town in the Cambridgeshire Invitational Cup semi-final, with Duke making a few changes to the line-up.

Toby Allen scored on Tuesday and played really well.
Toby Allen scored on Tuesday and played really well.

He said: "A lot of people, quite rightly, talk about Jack Friend and Craig Gillies but we have a lot of other quality players and Tuesday night proved that.

"It was a good night, a really good performance. I asked the lads to play in a different formation, with a holding midfielder and just Toby Allen up front and they kept their shape, even after the sending off. They deserve enormous credit.

"Toby is a really talented young footballer and he worked really hard. He has been in and out of the team but on Tuesday he did exactly what we asked of him."

On Tarren Moxon's sending off after just 32 minutes, Duke added: "To be honest, if that tackle was against us I would be disappointed if there wasn't a red card. It's a pity as Taz had been playing well. There was no malice in it, but it was a bad tackle and he deserved to be sent off – he'd be the first to admit that."


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