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New March Town Utd boss Arran Duke's reaction to winning start at Needham Market Reserves in Thurlow Nunn League

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Thurlow Nunn League First Division North

Needham Market Res 2 March Town United 4

Arran Duke's reign at March Town got off to a winning start with victory at Needham Market Reserves on Saturday.

March Town manager Arran Duke (28602100)
March Town manager Arran Duke (28602100)

March are still three points off the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Division One North promotion places after their victory at a side which has lost once at home all season, with two goals from Craig Gillies, who now has 25 for the season.

Dylan Edge and man of the match Danny Emmington also scored at Bloomfields as the Hares are in fifth spot.

Craig Gillies was on target twice on Saturday afternoon at Needham Res.
Craig Gillies was on target twice on Saturday afternoon at Needham Res.

On Tuesday night (February 11) March travelled to Newmarket in the Cambs Invitation Cup semi-final. On Saturday the Hares are at fourth-from-bottom Haverhill Borough.

Former Wisbech St Mary boss Duke told the Citizen: "I was really pleased with three points.

"Needham have lost one at home all season and after the week we had it was important the lads just got back to the football.

"They produced a superb performance, so full credit to them how they have conducted themselves this week.

"On Tuesday we go to Newmarket and will swap things around a bit and keep players fresh.

"But it's an opportunity to make a cup final so we will be fully focused on the job in hand.

"Overall I'm very pleased with the start we made but we have plenty of football to play and we stay focused."

Duke added: "Delighted with the lads after a whirlwind week.

"We got the ball down and played. Our attitude and work rate were exceptional. I asked them to do the supporters and themselves proud and I think they did."

March: Charlie Congreve, Drew Barker, Jack Saunders, Danny Emmington, Thomas McLeish, Gavin Cooke (capt.), Adam Rothery, Eoin McQuaid, Craig Gillies, Dylan Edge, Jack Friend. Substitutes: Toby Allen, Lewis Gibson, Tarren Moxon, Jack Rawson, Jamie Short.

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