GALLERY: Escorcio hat-trick helps March Town United pick up clinical Leiston win

March football v Leiston Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams.

March football v Leiston Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March Town United chairman Phil White has lavished praise on manager Chris Bartlett and his players for their “amazing” start to the year.

The Hares followed up last Tuesday’s stunning 5-3 Cambs Invitation Cup win over higher level Histon with a 4-1 win against Leiston Reserves in the league on Saturday.

Lethal pair Denny Escorcio and Dan Woods again did the damage - Escorcio hit a hat-trick and the league’s joint top scorer Woods made it 23 for the season.

White said: “It’s amazing. Chris Bartlett has done a fantastic job. Credit to the players, they are getting a lot of approaches from other sides but they’re turning them down.

“It’s been some turnaround. We spoke with Chris before the start of the season about a three year plan but we’ve done miles better than we expected.

“Our target was a top 10 finish but it looks like we’ll do comfortably better than that. And there’s the cup semi final to look forward to as well. Hopefully we can get a home draw.”

The Hares, who are sixth in the Thurlow Nunn First Division, travel to leaders Long Melford on Saturday.

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Manager Chris Bartlett said: “I’m very pleased with the lads. They deserve a lot of credit. Leiston was not a polished performance but it was a good win.

“We desperately want to push on. The top two are probably out of reach but the top four is not out of the question.

“Long Melford is a massive game. They are the only side who have given us a hiding this season (March lost 4-0) so we are very determined to go there and get a result.”