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Hares seeking progression on last Thurlow Nunn League First Division term

By Pete Woodhouse

March Town United are seeking progression on last term, having finished 17th and just two points off the bottom-three in the Thurlow Nunn League.

The positive Hares begin their First Division North fixtures on Tuesday (August 7) by hosting King’s Lynn Town Reserves, writes Dan Mason.

The Hares had a managerial change in February, Brett Whaley returning for his third spell as boss in place of Mel Mattless. And with a fresh face at the helm, there is now a refreshed sense of belief that big things can be achieved.

Craig Gillies 7.18. (3334797)
Craig Gillies 7.18. (3334797)

When discussing how their pre-season is shaping, assistant manager Chris Lenton is confident a new-found chemistry between the players can stand the team in good stead.

“We’re hoping for a vast improvement on last season in terms of finishing position,” he said.

“We’ve been poor in a couple of games in pre-season, but the others we’ve improved each game and the lads are learning a new system and formation, so they’re learning each game, so we’re happy with that.

“If we cut out a few little mistakes, then we’re going to be in good shape heading into the season.

“We’ve got a good defence from my perspective. With the midfield and forwards, we’ve got great options.”

March have bolstered their hopes by signing players in various positions, in particular their defensive options, including goalkeeper Simon Dalton from United Counties League (UCL) outfit Peterborough Northern Star, as they look to improve their poor away form of four wins in 20 games in all competitions last term.

“We’ve got some big characters in the changing room. I think the first couple of training sessions, the first game, everyone is still weighing each other with who does what, but that’s getting better throughout pre-season,” Lenton said.

“The lads from Bourne were here the last time me and Brett were at March in 2011, so they were good players then.

“They’ve got that experience in a higher league in the UCL Premier, so hopefully they can transform that experience and extra bit of know-how and support the younger lads in the team.

“Another lad we’ve just signed, an excellent player with excellent ability in centre-half Callum Madigan. He was at Netherton in the Peterborough League last season, but he played at Holbeach, Deeping, etc, in the UCL Premier, so another one with big quality.

“The lads from Chatteris, all very talented players. I think they were playing below their level, but hopefully by stepping up to playing with us, they will continue to improve and hopefully get to where we feel they could potentially be as players.

“We’ve got one from Deeping, Rob Conyard, young lad, centre-forward. He was here as a youth team player before going to Deeping. He’s going to be up there with the best forwards in the league in my opinion.

“We’ve got Craig Gillies from Soham, massive marquee signing. Top scorer for them last season at Step 4, so I know he’s dropped down a couple of leagues.

“We have complete faith in the squad we’ve got.”

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