NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Mel Mattless hopes March Town can continue positive form

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 November 2017

Jack Brand netted a brace in March Town's 2-0 win over Holland FC. PHOTO: Ian Carter

Jack Brand netted a brace in March Town's 2-0 win over Holland FC. PHOTO: Ian Carter


March Town snapped a two-month wait for a Thurlow Nunn League victory last Saturday - to finish an unbeaten October on a high.

Mel Mattless’ men triumphed 2-0 at Holland FC to pocket three First Division points for the first time since the end of August.

Frontman Jack Brand bagged both Hares goals, opening the scoring after six minutes and netting again early in the second half.

The success in Essex avenged a home defeat at the hands of the same opponents on the opening day of the campaign.

And it also came complete with a first league clean sheet since the club’s second outing of the season. It was actually a second shut-out in succession, following on from a First Division KO Cup triumph against King’s Lynn Town Reserves on October 17.

“We’ve been undefeated in October and that win was a nice way to cap a decent month,” said boss Mattless.

“We rode our luck at times in the first half when Holland missed a couple of one-on-ones, but we then fluffed some good chances of our own in the second half. We should probably have won more convincingly than we did in the end.

“We haven’t been losing games, but it was important to start turning draws into wins.

“We have a better squad this season compared to last year and the players have started putting in a really good shift as well.”

March face tests from teams situated at opposite ends of the First Division standings in the coming days.

They look to have a good opportunity to collect another three points tomorrow when hosting next-to-bottom Cornard at the GER, 3pm.

And they are back in action on Wednesday with a trip to King’s Lynn Town Reserves, who currently sit in second place.

Mattless added: “It’s a really big game tomorrow. Cornard appointed a new manager and signed a lot of new players recently. Their results have picked up as well.

“But we need to focus on our own performance and make sure we back up the result at Holland with another three points.

“We know we’ll have a tough test at Lynn in midweek, but we can take plenty of confidence from beating them in the cup.”

March could have a reunion with teenage striker Toby Allen in that game. He recently left the Hares to join Lynn.

Mattless is still chasing a new frontman and has seen an approach for Wisbech St Mary player Dale Parnell knocked back.

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