Football round-up: Pepper header ends March Town United’s losing streak while Wisbech Town are beaten
A TOWERING header from captain Luke Pepper ended March Town United’s run of four league defeats on Saturday.
Histon ‘keeper Jack Hayden deputised for the missing Aaron Butcher as Pepper gave his side a 1-0 win over Long Melford. The Hares skipper rose above his marker to nod home a first-half corner.
Manager Brett Whaley admitted it was a poor game but welcomed his side’s first Ridgeons Premier Division victory since January.
The Hares, who sit sixth in the league, travel to Godmanchester Rovers in the semi-final of the Ridgeons First Division Knockout Cup next Wednesday.
• DEFENSIVE errors came back to haunt Wisbech Town at the weekend as they were beaten 3-1 by Stanway Rovers.
The travelling Fenmen went behind in the first half, only for Lewis Thompson to haul them level 90 seconds later. Matt Lunn, playing alongside Chris Bacon up front, squared the ball for midfielder Thompson to tap home.
But Steve Appleby’s troops paid the price for a lacklustre display after the break, as debutant ‘keeper Tom Roberts was forced to pick the ball out of his net twice more.
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The defeat leaves Wisbech fifth in the Ridgeons Premier Division, 16 points behind leaders Ely City. They travel to Wivenhoe Town on Saturday.
• WISBECH St Mary came from behind to beat rivals Wisbech Town Reserves in their William Coad Cup semi-final on Saturday.
The Fenmen’s second string had taken the lead at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium but a second-half comeback put Wisbech St Mary into the final with a 2-1 win.
• CHATTERIS Town continued their resurgence with a 1-1 draw at Brampton.
Richie Allen scored for the Lilies, whose battle for Kershaw Premier League survival continues at home to Hardwick on Saturday.
• MARCH Town United Reserves made it three games without defeat by winning their bottom-of-the-table clash with Cottenham United Reserves.
The Hares second string went eight points clear of basement boys Cottenham in Cambs BIS 1B with a 2-1 win. Vinny Edwards and Jermaine Watson were on target.
March, who sit second bottom with two games in hand on relegation rivals Chatteris Town Reserves, host Earith United on Saturday.