March player McManus carried off in Hares v Fenmen derby
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March Town United FC player Lewis McManus was carried off in the Hares’ BKD Cup derby with Wisbech Town.
March Town opened their new clubhouse at Robingoodfellows Lane on Saturday with the visit of the Fenmen attracting about 300 people.
Second-half goals from Declan Rogers and Jack Brand ensured Wisbech ran out 2-0 winners. The cup is held annually in memory of Ben Whiteway, Karl Munton and Daniel Runacres, all under 18 Hares players, who died in a car crash in 2002.
McManus sustained a serious knee injury which needed treatment by the paramedic then a dispatch to hospital.
McManus Tweeted: “Huge thanks to everyone for their kind messages. Now on the mend and will be back soon.”
Funding for the new clubhouse, which is open to all the community, was secured partly thanks to grants of £100,000 from the Football Foundation and £69,150 from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) and FCC Environment under the Landfill Communities Fund Scheme.
A March statement said: “The changes met with universal approval in what was a landmark day for MTFC.
“We thank all who came along.
“We thank everyone from WTFC for coming and helping us celebrate. We are touched by their kind gift, a plaque to commemorate the opening of the clubhouse.”
Wisbech’s opener came from a set-piece special from recent signing Rogers before a tidy finish from Brand completed the scoring after Luke Wilson’s initial effort came back off the woodwork.
March’s Ash Brand and Ondre Odain both went close in the second period after Max Mattless wasted a great opportunity to break the deadlock for the Hares in the first 45 minutes.
Wisbech boss Brett Whaley, who was returning to his former club, said: “The pitch didn’t help either side, but it was another good workout for us and a different challenge to our previous two games.
“It was good for Steven Reid to get 35 minutes under his belt as he’s had no pre-season.
“I’m delighted for Jack to score. He’s stepped up three levels but has looked comfortable and got better with every game.
“As a group we’ve got some experienced players but when you’ve got the likes of youngsters Luke Wyatt, Sam Cubberley and Jack stepping up and looking comfortable it is massive for you.”
Tomorrow the Hares travel in the Bill Salisbury Memorial Cup (kick off 7.30pm) to neighbours Chatteris Town who in their first home game of the friendly campaign notched a 4-2 win on Saturday against Haverhill Borough.
The scorers were Aidan Hollis 2, Ash Blanchflower and Craig Gillies. On Saturday (2pm) the Lilies host Cambridge City Res.