Ghosts hadn’t lost on travels since October while Hares finish season at Diss Town
Thurlow Nunn League First Division North: March Town United 3 Fakenham Town 1
The Hares won their shoot-out with visiting rivals the Ghosts on Easter Monday at the GER to give themselves an ideal opportunity of sealing fourth spot.
Brett Whaley’s March Town side ended a formidable away record for Fakenham, who hadn’t lost on their travels since October and were unbeaten overall since Boxing Day.
Fakenham Town were a point ahead of March going into this sun-drenched bank holiday clash, with the Hares reeling from a defeat at leaders Harleston Town two days earlier.
Fakenham’s overall away league form was superb: just one defeat in 16 games.
But a brace from Craig Gillies and one for fellow striker Toby Allen, and a top four spot is now in the hands of March, who finish at Diss Town next weekend.
The 13th minute was fortunate for the hosts. Jack Rawson’s free-kick bounced off an away defender and into the path of Gillies, who struck from close range.
The Ghosts equalised midway through the opening half. Tom Blake centred for Alex Walpole to head home past March keeper James Connell at the far post.
March regained the lead on 29 minutes with a spectacular Gillies long-range volley.
Allen sealed the points just after the hour mark, firing into the far corner of the away net to make it his fifth goal in three matches.
Fifth-place Lakenheath, who are now two points behind March, have a tricky home game with third-spot Mulbarton Wanderers.
Whaley said on social media: “Every time we get a setback the boys give us a reaction.
“Today they did everything asked of them, against a side that were as good as anything we’ve faced earlier in the season.
“One more big effort required.”
March: Connell; Short, Cooke, Rawson, Emmington, Mattless (capt), Allen (Tsagium), Rothery, Friend, Pepper (Logan), Gillies.
Subs: Barker, Hamza, Gibson.