NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Brett Whaley wants his Hares to get into a winning habit after welcome success
PUBLISHED: 11:27 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:35 14 March 2018
March Town manager Brett Whaley insists there is still massive room for improvement - despite a pleasing start to his latest reign.
The Hares have collected four Thurlow Nunn League First Division points from their two games since Whaley returned for a third spell at the helm.
They were 2-0 winners against lowly Team Bury at the GER last Saturday when Toby Allen and Max Mattless struck in quick succession during the second half to secure a first success for more than two months.
Allen classily converted a long clearance from goalkeeper Dave Beeny to break the deadlock before skipper Mattless headed in a Teddy Haime corner.
Whaley said: “It’s obviously pleasing to pick up a win we really needed as a club, but we didn’t play anywhere near as well as we did in the previous game when drawing against leaders Woodbridge.
“Team Bury set up defensively and made it really difficult for us in tough conditions. We were lacklustre in the first half when I sensed we expected things to happen which can often be the case when coming off the back of a good result.
“But we changed our approach in the second half when we tried to play from back to front a bit quicker and it worked better as we managed to stretch the game and get the Team Bury defence turned.
“We need to get into the habit of winning games and doing that when not playing particularly well is pleasing. Our confidence is fragile, but our performances will improve as that grows.”
Teenage talent Rob Conyard has returned to the club on a dual registration deal from United Counties League Premier Division side Deeping Rangers.
That move went through late last Friday night and the local lad was sent on as a substitute for the final half-an-hour of the victory against Team Bury.
“Rob hasn’t had a lot of senior football this season and we’re in a position to give him the chance to play,” added Whaley.
“We needed to add another forward to our squad and I feel this is a move which will work out well for all parties.”
Fellow recent arrival Stu Porter was an unused substitute against Team Bury while new full-back capture Michael Mackrell will join up with the squad for tomorrow’s trip to Cornard.
Whaley has also made a move for Huntingdon Town midfielder Ben Panting, who could joing the club next week.
March also have a Tuesday fixture when they entertain Norwich CBS at the GER, 8pm.