NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: March Town boss not even considering a promotion challenge

Rob Conyard struck twice in March Town's victory at Cornard. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Rob Conyard struck twice in March Town's victory at Cornard. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant

Manager Brett Whaley insists any suggestion of March Town being promotion contenders is premature.

March Town manager Brett Whaley. Picture: IAN CARTER

March Town manager Brett Whaley. Picture: IAN CARTER - Credit: Archant

The Hares stretched their unbeaten run to nine Thurlow Nunn League First Division One North matches with a 4-0 rout of Cornard last Saturday.

Whaley’s men have risen to fifth in the standings and boast matches in hand on three of the four sides currently above them, but he won’t allow them to get carried away.

“We’re not looking too far ahead and you certainly won’t catch anyone even thinking about promotion let along talking about it,” stressed Whaley.

“We’re enjoying a good run, but we’re simply taking things one game at a time and trying to improve every time we take to the pitch.

“We’ll learn a lot in the next few weeks as we play sides close behind us in the table and also Swaffham, who are just above us.”

Rob Conyard opened the scoring 10 minutes before the break at Cornard when coolly finishing in a one-on-one situation and the same player doubled the Hares’ advantage early in the second half after being picked out by a Jack Friend cross.

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Recent recruit Friend then went from being provider to goalscorer when adding a third March goal by tucking away a Gav Cooke pass before Craig Gillies completed the scoring after Conyard struck a post.

“Cornard are probably the most direct side we’ve faced all season and made it difficult for us,” added Whaley.

“It was very scrappy in the first half but, just as we did the previous weekend against Wisbech St Mary, we continued to do the right things.

“We’re maturing very quickly even though we’re not always playing brilliant football, but that’s not always possible at this level and this time of year.

“We’re looking very solid defensively and we pose a real threat when we attack.”

March will be without another frontman, Toby Allen, for the foreseeable future after he was involved in a serious road accident last week.

Allen has suffered a crushed vertebrae and a cracked bone in his back and is expected to be out of action for much of the season.

March entertain Ipswich Wanderers at the GER this Saturday, 3pm, when seeking to extend their unbeaten First Division North streak into double-figures.

* March Town Reserves are also enjoying a fine run of form.

Rob Chapman’s side climbed to the top of the Kershaw Senior B Division standings in the Cambridgeshire County League last Saturday.

Sean White scored all the goals for the Hares second string as they beat West Wratting Reserves 4-1 at the GER.