GALLERY: Bartlett apologises after March’s shock 2-0 home loss to Woodbridge - but he is confident of response

March v Woodbridge.Picture: Steve Williams.

March v Woodbridge.Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March Town United manager Chris Bartlett has apologised to anyone who witnessed his side’s 2-0 home loss to strugglers Woodbridge Town on Saturday.

The Hares went into the game on the back of four wins, including an impressive 2-0 win over Great Yarmouth Town last Tuesday, but produced a performance Bartlett described as their worst of the season.

Bartlett said: “It was very poor, as poor as we have been. It’s difficult to find an explanation for it.

“We started badly and never got any better. It was a really bitty, stop-start game, which didn’t help.

“I would like to apologise to anyone who came to watch. Barely anybody emerges with any credit from it.”

However, Bartlett expects his side to bounce back when they travel to high-flying Haverhill Borough at the weekend. They should be boosted by the return of top goalscorer Dan Woods, but striker Ondre Odain, who has made a big impact since rejoining the club, is suspended.

The Hares beat Haverhill earlier this season, but Saturday’s opponents are a fearsome proposition at home - they have won 12 and drawn two matches on their patch this campaign.

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Bartlett said: “It will be a very tough game. Haverhill have a brilliant home record, the best in the division.

“We hope to get Woodbridge out of our mind as quickly as we can. The players owe themselves and the club a response and I expect there will be a good response.”

On Tuesday night, March have their biggest match in years - they host higher-level Cambridge City in the semi final of the Cambs Invitation Cup.

Bartlett said: “It is another massive game. With Ondre still suspended we’ll be thin on the ground. Then on Saturday we play King’s Lynn.

“The next week will define where we finish this season and whether we are in contention for silverware. But I will not be looking beyond Haverhill on Saturday.”