NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Spot of bother as March Town are stung by second-half comeback

PUBLISHED: 17:03 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:03 17 January 2018

March Town goalkeeper Dave Beeny conceded a controversial late penalty. PHOTO: Ian Carter

March Town goalkeeper Dave Beeny conceded a controversial late penalty. PHOTO: Ian Carter

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March Town suffered late heartbreak after an 86th minute penalty gave Norwich United Reserves a fortunate 3-2 victory at the GER last Saturday.

The Hares led 2-0 at the half-time in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division clash thanks to goals form Jack Rawson and Callum Young, but they were undone by a much-improved second-half showing from the visitors.

The Norfolk side clawed their way back onto level terms thanks to a brace form Sonny Carey, who then completed his hat-trick from the spot late on after being brought down by March goalkeeper Dave Beeny.

It was a hotly-disputed decision with several Hares personnel feeling the offence was committed outside the box.

March manager Mel Mattless admitted the result was a difficult pill to swallow after such a bright start. He said: “It was a tough one to take. We started really well and got ourselves in front then it went wrong from there.

“It was frustrating because a few of the lads felt it wasn’t a penalty, but we let them back in the game when we were in complete control and that is frustrating.

“We need to make sure we don’t give cheap goals away and have to start to see games out, especially when we have done the hard bit and got ourselves ahead.”

The Hares travel to second-placed Framlingham Town this Saturday, 3pm.

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