NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Brett Whaley dishes out the plaudits after March Town hit rivals for six
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Brett Whaley hailed his March Town young guns following the finest showing of his third reign at the helm.
Whaley dished out the plaudits in the wake of a terrific 6-2 success at Norwich CBS in a Thurlow Nunn League First Division North clash last Saturday.
The emphatic victory in Norfolk featured a hat-trick from hot-shot Jack Friend as a change of formation – which included shifting striker Craig Gillies to the centre of defence – worked a treat.
Whaley said: “It’s the best result and the best performance since I came back to the club last February.
“Our squad had an average of 22 and that makes the fact we beat an experienced side so emphatically all the more impressive.
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“A lot of hard work went on in the two weeks between our defeat at Mulbarton and this game.
“We have put the focus on trying to play a bit more football and the change of formation has helped us do that.
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“We had a friendly during last week which helped us to fine tune a few things and the lads have taken on board everything that we have asked of them.”
Friend provided an early opener for fourth-placed March with a classy lob, but CBS equalised with a freak goal midway through the first half when a cross flew in off the far post.
But Gillies coolly tucked away a penalty to restore the lead on the stroke of half-time before midfield man Adam Rothery raced onto a precise Friend pass to make it 3-1 on the hour.
Friend then struck again himself from the edge of the box before the hosts grabbed a consolation, but there was still time or two further Hares goals.
Jack Rawson finished coolly in a one-on-one situation before Friend did likewise to complete his second hat-trick in March colours since arriving from Wisbech St Mary in November.
And the appearance of Toby Allen as a late substitute – his first outing since suffering a back injury in a car accident in October – provided another boost on a brilliant day for the Hares.
March are without a fixture this Saturday but they are in action in midweek when travelling to Haverhill Borough on Tuesday, 7.45pm.
New signing Lewis Gibson – a left winger who arrived last week from First Division North rivals King’s Lynn Town Reserves – is likely to make his debut in that game.
Young striker Rob Conyard has joined United Counties League Premier Division side Eynesbury Rovers after leaving March recently.