March Town boss Brett Whaley on his 'inconsistent' side’s 3-0 Thurlow Nunn League loss at Ipswich Wanderers
Hares boss Brett Whaley said his side’s inconsistency reared its head in a tough Thurlow Nunn League Division One North fixture at Ipswich Wanderers.
The eighth-place hosts scored once in the first half and added two second-half goals.
Away goalkeeper Charlie Congreve prevented the scoreline from being even worse with a penalty save in Suffolk.
March Town slip down to sixth position.
Whaley said: “The performance wasn’t terrible.
“They played quite well but we just weren’t quite at it.
“The goals came at key times. Just as we started to get on top in the game in the first half, they scored.
“As we tried to push in the second half to get goals, they scored again.
“They fully deserved their win. We’re just inconsistent with our performances.
“I wouldn’t say we’re playing badly or there’s a lack of effort. We just don’t seem to be consistent from game to game.
“We have one brilliant performance, one performance where we’re good for one half and not the next; and then one day where we’re not quite at it like Saturday.
“I think that’s the third time on the trot where we’ve won two league games and then lost the third.”
Although conditions have been windy and frequently during the past few days, Whaley refused to make excuses.
He added: “The pitch was heavy but I certainly wouldn’t blame the conditions.
“It’s never a great surface there to play on but you could play on it but they managed to do it, so I wouldn’t blame anything like that.
“They started well and when we got our foothold on the game we couldn’t take our chances. When you go behind and gamble a bit more you leave space for them.
“They’re not a bad side. We know we can’t keep having those days when we’re not quite at it.
“Every time we get close to that top four, we get back again and have to go and chase it again.
“The front three – Toby (Allen), Craig (Gillies) and Jack (Friend) all had chances. There were a couple of distant efforts from Jack Saunders and Eoin McQuaid over the game.
“They probably weren’t clear-cut chances. If you look at the game I don’t think the keeper has made a lot of saves.
“They’ve probably had only three of four chances and were very clinical in their chances.
“We had some half-chances or shots from distance without really having what you consider to be really good chances.”
Barring their long-term injured, Whaley expects to have a full squad for when the Hares entertain mid-table Cornard United on Saturday.
He added: “It gives us options to make some changes. On the back of a 3-0 defeat with the squad we’ve got, there’s people waiting for their chances.”