Jack Friend at the double as March Town beat Wellingborough in Emirates FA Cup Prelim. Round
Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round
March Town FC 2 Wellingborough Town 1
Jack Friend, who scored in the previous round’s 2-1 win over Norwich Utd, was at the double as underdogs March beat UCL Premier side The Doughboys.
Lloyd Buckby netted for Wellingborough but the Hares – who next Saturday begin their FA Vase journey at fellow Thurlow Nunn League First Division North side Norwich CBS – progressed.
Friend notched a superb strike, then followed in a free-kick on the rebound.
Hares manager Brett Whaley said of Friend: “It’s what he’s good at: he gets himself in the right areas at the right time. There could be spells when he’s not affecting the game but you know when a chance comes, he’s likely to take it.”
Whaley added that the prize money plus increased exposure have been good for the GER club: “We know we’re guaranteed £5-6,000. There were new people at the ground watching on Saturday, it was a really good day for the club and you hope some of them come back.
“This club is progressing. It’s a slow progression at times but they are going forward. Hopefully people will want to support us in the league campaign as well.
“It’s nice to be involved in the competition. We’ve faced two teams with different styles but the boys have come up with the answers so far.
“You either want a club with a following; or a Step 5 or 6 team you can beat. Ideally you’d like it at home. You know you’re going to be in it for a few rounds so you want a home draw.
“These matches do mean you get slightly behind in the league but hopefully you can take confidence from them into the league campaign.
“I’ve got a full squad for the time this season for the Vase game, so it’s come at the right time.” Att: 130.
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