Hares could've gone level on points with third-placed Swaffham Town following lacklustre 1-1 game at the GER
Disappointment reigned supreme for March Town manager Brett Whaley on Saturday, writes Dan Mason.
The Hares missed the opportunity to go level on points with third-placed Swaffham Town following a lacklustre 1-1 draw with Cornard United at the GER in Thurlow Nunn League, Division One North.
Whaley believed a lack of urgency proved pivotal in a game of few clear-cut chances against stubborn mid-table opponents, who extended their unbeaten run on the road to nine games.
“I thought our attitude from the warm-up to the game didn’t show enough energy,” he said.
“We weren’t on the front-foot, it didn’t look like we were quite ourselves. That’s the disappointing thing because we’ve got players in our side that can do it.”
Top-scorer Jack Friend hauled March level with a neat chipped finish, after Max Dinnell’s cross-like shot fired the visitors in front on 20 minutes.
It was a first home match in six weeks for Whaley’s men since the 1-1 deadlock with Lakenheath, but the former Wisbech chief knows something has to change to sustain a top-three push.
“There just wasn’t enough urgency through the squad,” the Hares boss added.
“When you’re in a situation where you need to win games, you’ve got to go and stamp your authority on the game and we started really poorly.
“We gave them the lead, and as much as we put pressure on by crossing into the box and long throws, we never played any football.
“If you’re going to compete with the sides ahead of us, you have to create chances, you have to play football and dominate, and we haven’t done that.
“The surface here does handicap a little bit because it doesn’t allow us to play how we like to play, but we should be comfortable at home.
“It’s a missed opportunity for us.”
March are not in action this weekend and next travel to Ipswich Wanderers (March 9, 3pm), before entertaining lowly Haverhill Borough the following week.
March: Connell, Kilford, Mattless ©, Gillies, Short, Hamza, Rothery (sub Toby Allen), Emmington, Rawson, Gibson, Friend.
Referee: Joseph Karram.