Must-win game for Hares

PUBLISHED: 11:34 23 March 2007 | UPDATED: 22:39 28 May 2010

Alan Russell

Alan Russell

MARCH Town United have not won a match in the Ridgeons First Division since Boxing Day, but their best chance at ending that three-month run will come tomorrow (Saturday). The visit of bottom side Godmanchester Rovers to the GER represents a must-win game

MARCH Town United have not won a match in the Ridgeons First Division since Boxing Day, but their best chance at ending that three-month run will come tomorrow (Saturday).

The visit of bottom side Godmanchester Rovers to the GER represents a must-win game for the Hares if they are to move away from the foot of the table.

However, March go into the game on the back of a poor

2-1 defeat at Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday.

The home side led 2-0 before Paul Shafer struck a consolation in the closing minutes and the show put on by his players left manager Alan Russell demanding a reaction.

"The performance was even more disappointing than the result - we were very poor," said Russell. "It wasn't just one or two players who had an off day, it was all of them and I simply can't explain it. There are very few plusses to be taken away."

He added: "When we play a good side we raise our game but when we play a poor team, like we did on Saturday, we drop down to their level and play their game.

"We did have a couple of players missing but we can't use that as an excuse."

Russell is looking for a marked improvement in tomorrow's match. He said: "We have an opportunity to put the Great Yarmouth display behind us and get back to winning ways.

"It is a big game. It's a six-pointer and we must win it."

Like March, Rovers have won just three games all season and their most recent victory came at home to Saffron Walden Town on January 2.

March hold a four-point advantage over tomorrow's opponents, but Rovers have five games in hand.

Luke Pepper is still suspended but the March boss is hopeful defender Paul Cousins will recover from injury and give his side a boost by returning to the squad.

Brendan Bird is available for selection after missing the Great Yarmouth match.

Board to discuss management duo

MARCH Town United chairman Gary Wesley has confirmed there will be a board meeting next week to decide on the future of management duo Alan Russell and Lester Kent.

Wesley said: "I have spoken to Alan and Lester to get their thoughts on what has happened this season and how best to take the club forward.

"We have not approached any other managers or discussed possible replacements and we won't do so until a final decision has been made. It is likely this won't happen until the end of the month."

Russell said: "We had a meeting last week and it is important that the matter is resolved sooner rather than later.

"If the club wants to change things then there should be time for the new manager to plan ahead for the summer.

"But, at the same time, if Lester and I are to stay at the club then we also need time to do the same.

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