'I definitely meant it!': March Town goalkeeper turned goalscorer Dave Beeny insists his Halstead Town strike was no fluke

PUBLISHED: 14:32 23 November 2016 | UPDATED: 14:46 23 November 2016

March Town's Dave Beeny.

March Town's Dave Beeny.

Barry Giddings

March Town goalkeeper Dave Beeny is used to preventing goals - not scoring them.

But the March stopper was the unlikely goal scorer as the Hares held high-flying Halstead Town to a 1-1 draw in Essex last Saturday, and Beeny has since spoke out about his long-range strike – and is insisting it was no fluke.

“I definitely meant it!” Beeny said.

“We got given the goal-kick about eight yards in our half and I looked ahead for someone to pick out but there wasn’t anyone showing.

“I had a look at the ‘keeper and he was stood on the penalty spot and Max [Mattless] looked at me and said ‘have a shot.’

“I hit it sweetly and the ‘keeper managed to get a hand on it but it went in.

“I always have a look to see where the goalkeeper is and to see who’s showing so I just thought why not!

“I’m thankful that the goal came in a good result. It wouldn’t have mattered too much if we had have lost but we got a good point against Halstead and it turned out to be the first time they hadn’t won at home this season.”

Beeny’s goal-scoring heroics helped March to a second game unbeaten, and the former Huntingdon United man says there is a more positive outlook at the club after recovering from a worrying run of form that saw experience seven straight defeats in all competitions.

“We had the new manager come in and it took a little while to get going,” Beeny said.

“When we lost the King’s Lynn Reserves game in the cup we had a little inquest afterwards and a few players had their say and we decided to become harder to beat and to become more solid defensively.

“Since then we’ve been a lot more disciplined and there seems to be a bit more team spirit now.

“We’ve got a run of games now where we can put a few wins together and it looks like we’re definitely starting to turn a corner.”

March take on Braintree Town Reserves at the GER on Saturday (3pm).

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