‘Prove you want to play for March Town United’ - Crosbie warns squad after ‘horrific October’
10:00 30 October 2012
BOSS Paul Crosbie has told his squad to prove that they want to play for March Town United after a “horrific October” saw them claim just one point from 15.
The Hares slumped to a 4-0 defeat against Ipswich Wanderers at the GER on Saturday - their fourth consecutive Thurlow Nunn First Division loss.
It was not the ideal comeback for second-half substitute Michael Anker, who has re-signed for March after a spell at Peterborough Northern Star.
Crosbie said: “We got what we deserved because we just didn’t compete.
“At the moment the lads are not doing the simple things that they’re good at. The perception is that we’re not working hard enough and we don’t have that heart and desire.
“We’re looking for excuses rather than finding solutions. That is something we have to eradicate.”
The Hares have not been helped by injuries to Lewis Thompson and Aaron Bailey, which have exhausted their options in central midfield.
But Crosbie is hoping to welcome back Scott Welcher for Saturday’s Cambs Invitation Cup quarter-final against high-flying Cambridge University Press.
“We’ve had a horrific October,” said Crosbie.
“If we’re not careful we’re going to find ourselves slipping down to the bottom of the league so we need to sort it out.
“We started with nothing and we’ve put a squad together from scratch, but that does not give the players free rein to turn up on a Saturday and not apply themselves properly.
“The very least we expect is 100 per cent effort every week.”
Striker Stuart Anderson will miss Saturday’s game but keeper Marc Hipwell is set to return.
Crosbie said: “Of course we would like to win but the performance is more important. The players have to prove that they actually want to play for the football club.
“Whatever squad goes out at the weekend, I’m pretty confident we won’t get a repeat of Saturday’s attitude.”