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March look to extend 14-game unbeaten run against title favourites

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On-form March Town face their biggest challenge yet when title favourites Wroxham arrive at the GER ground on Saturday.

Ash Taylor’s men have won 11 and drawn three of their last 14 Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division games and will expect another big crowd to roar them on.

The Yachtsmen have faltered a little recently, but still sit in third place, six points behind leaders Mildenhall Town but with four games in hand.

Jack Friend in action against Long Melford last Saturday
Jack Friend in action against Long Melford last Saturday

March are currently sixth after a 3-1 victory at Long Melford on Saturday extended their unbeaten run, which goes all the way back to a 4-2 defeat at second place Gorleston on October 30.

Six weeks later, a bumper crowd saw The Hares extract revenge on The Greens with a 3-1 win. A similar reversal will be needed against Wroxham, who beat March 3-0 at Trafford Park in August.

A rather lacklustre performance had seen March draw 1-1 at home to Long Melford the previous Saturday, and a large Hares contingent outnumbered the home fans in Suffolk as March looked for revenge.

Midfielder Jack Saunders gave March a first half lead, but The Villagers equalised, before captain Danny Emmington gave the visitors a 2-1 half time lead.

Striker Craig Gillies made it 3-1 after the break with his 15th goal of the season before keeper Charlie Congreve made up for giving away the equalising penalty against Melford last week by making a great penalty save.

March v Long Melford: Congreve, Garner (Gibson), Brumby (Edwards), Callaghan, Emmington, Green, Burrows, McQuaid, Gillies, Friend, Saunders (Cowie).

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