Davis backs March Town Ladies to pull off Newmarket S Tech League Cup comeback at GER

Gary Davis.

Gary Davis. - Credit: Archant

March Town Ladies manager Gary Davis has backed his side to overturn a two goal deficit and make the quarter finals of the S Tech League Cup.

An injury-ravaged Hares lost 4-2 to Newmarket Ladies in the first league of the last 16 tie on Sunday.

March got off to a great start when Dani Westgate set up Emma Searle for an early goal, but Newmarket then scored from a dubious penalty and struck again to lead at the break.

Keeper Carly Oakley made some great saves as the game went from end to end before Newmarket got a third. Westgate then set up Jade Pointer, who scored from close range.

But an unlucky own goal gave Newmarket a two goal advantage for the second leg.

Davis said: “It was quite a close game. We got off to a great start but Newmarket then got a very dubious penalty, which the referee apologised for afterwards. “In the second half we played a lot better but they scored against the run of play. The own goal at the end has given them a bit of a cushion.”

With key players back and hopefully cheered on by a big crowd, Davis thinks his players can put things right at the GER on Sunday.

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He said: “We were missing seven players on Sunday but we will be able to put out a much stronger team. It will be free to get in so we hope to have a few supporters there.

“If we get through we’ll be in the quarter finals and it will be good to test ourselves against higher class opposition.”

The Hares have been blighted by injuries all season - Davis even had to get his wife to play to make up the numbers.

But Davis is confident, once March are back at full strength, they will climb up the S Tech League table.

He said: “It’s disappointing to be languishing near the bottom of the league but the we have struggled with injuries and the other teams have played a lot more games than us. We will improve.”