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New March boss Duke: 'Promotion is still the aim'

New March Town manager Arran Duke is relishing getting back to playing a football match tomorrow as the Hares travel to take on 12th placed Needham Market Reserves after a whirlwind week.

The former Wisbech St Mary boss was promoted from assistant after Brett Whaley sensationally left for rivals Wisbech Town on Monday.

And Duke has moved quickly to put together his back room team, with club stalwart Max Mattless and former Leyton Orient professional Mark Warren his new assistants and Kelly Rayner coming is as physio to replace Jonny Pearce, who has gone to the Fenmen with Whaley.

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

"I was never going to say no to the job," said Duke, who guided Wisbech St Mary from the Cambrideshire Senior B League to division one of the Eastern Counties League during his ten years there.

"I was really happy working with Brett and I'm disappointed he's left but I've been out of management long enough and I cannot wait to get going again. It's great to have Mark and Max on board too.

"We've got everything sorted with minimum disruption, we are just outside the promotion places and in the last four of one cup (Cambridgeshire Invitation) and the last eight of another (First Division KO) so we've everything to play for between now and the end of the season.

"The aim at the start of the season was promotion and that is still the aim. We have a great set of players and we are more than capable of going up. I've chatted to them all and they're all committed to the club and its aims."

And on former manager Whaley, Duke added: "He was a brilliant person to work for and I really enjoyed it. I wish him the best and I hope to continue the good work he has done."

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