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March Town boss Ashley Taylor says his side must improve defensively after their 5-4 loss to Mulbarton

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March Town need to improve their defending if they are to push up the league table, according to manager Ashley Taylor.

The Hares thought they had grabbed a point at the death after a 90th minute equaliser against Mulbarton at the weekend, but conceded again in stoppage time to lose a 5-4 thriller.

A Jack Friend double sandwiched strikes from Danny Emmington and Craig Gillies, but it wasn't enough fora share of the spoils - and Taylor says his players must learn from the defeat.

Ashley Taylor says his side need to tighten up at the back
Ashley Taylor says his side need to tighten up at the back

"We worked so hard to get back into the game," he told The Citizen.

"But the upshot of that is that once you score, the next five or ten minutes are crucial. We just didn't defend our box well enough when we needed to.

"I was brutally honest with them. Not just the back four and goalkeeper, as a group. We weren't at the level we should be at.

"We can't keep conceding. We can't score four goals away from home and lose the game.

"It's just not acceptable, and I made that very clear to them"

March were handed two sin-bins during the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division fixture, with Craig Gillies sarcastically applauding the referee and Danny Emmington's shout being misinterpreted by the official as an insult directed at him.

"I've never been involved in a game that was so back and forth with so many things going on," Taylor said.

"If we were a Premier League team, we'd be first on Match of the Day every week.
"We've scored three against Walsham and four against Mulbarton, so we're not far away."

The Hares are now preparing for an away trip to Thetford Town this weekend, who currently sit just five points ahead of Taylor's side in the standings.

He is therefore hoping his players can take full advantage of what could prove to be something of a six-pointer.

"The big thing for us is making sure we don't make those mistakes again and that we keep improving as a group," he said.

"I'm going to make mistakes, they're going to make mistakes. It's about taking those negatives and trying to turn them into positives.

"We have to go there with confidence. We're consistent with our attacking play at the minute - we just need to be consistent with our defensive work."

The boss is also delighted to have resigned goalkeeper Charlie Congreve, who joins the club from Wisbech Town.

"He's a massive signing for us," he said.

"He's played at Step Four. For us, he's just a presence. He's a young goalkeeper with a lot of potential, and I've watched him many times.

"I'm really looking forward to working with him, so pleased we got that one over the line."

March Town vs Mulbarton: Dalton, Short, Miller, Emmington, Garner, Rawson, Burrows, Saunders, Gillies, Friend, Warren (Subs: Matthews, Callaghan, Gibson, Brumby)

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