GO FOURTH AND CONQUER: Whaley urges March Town United to secure highest league finish since 1997
A POINT is all that stands between March Town United and their highest league finish for more than a decade - but tomorrow manager Brett Whaley will demand all three.
The Hares travel to Halstead Town knowing that a draw will be good enough to secure fourth place in the Ridgeons First Division.
But fired-up boss Whaley has urged his troops to bring the curtain down on a memorable season with a win.
“We feel we are the fourth best side in the league and we’ve got one game to prove that,” he said.
“We deserve to finish fourth but the table doesn’t lie. We will not go looking for a point, we will try and win the game.
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“The lads are definitely up for it and it means a lot to them. They would be devastated if we had a bad day tomorrow.
“It’s a long season to miss out on fourth place by a point in the last game.”
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If March claim fourth, it will be the club’s highest league finish since they were relegated from the Ridgeons Premier Division in 1997.
Whaley said the improved league position could also give him a “bargaining tool” for signing players next season.
“We want to be remembered for what we’ve achieved this year,” said Whaley.
“The season has been a success but if we lose tomorrow, a lot off gloss would be taken off it.”
The Hares were unable to beat promoted Thetford Town for a third time this season on Saturday. Luke Pepper scored a penalty in the 3-1 defeat.
Whaley said: “We were a bit too concerned with trying to get a draw, rather than trying to win.
“We looked scared to go and win it and they looked scared of losing it.”
Marc Welcher is suspended and Craig Norman is injured for tomorrow’s clash. Dan Jenkins will return and Lewis Cook may feature.
Whaley added: “I’m not the type of manager who wants to finish fourth and then settle for the same again next year. I want to make strides forward.”