NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: March Town challenged to provide the right reaction to disappointing defeat
- Credit: Archant
Joint assistant boss Arran Duke is backing March Town to deliver the right reaction in a key spell in their season.
The Hares slumped to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Fakenham last Saturday as they slipped to eighth place in the Thurlow Nunn League First Division North standings.
They were unable to respond to a goal from the hosts early in the second half after previously levelling before the break through Toby Allen.
And Duke insists March must bounce back immediately with a series of crucial games in league and cup ahead.
The Hares host fourth-placed Diss at the GER tomorrow, 3pm, before going to second-placed Mulbarton Wanderers on November 2 as the promotion race hots up.
You may also want to watch:
They also have a home tie against current table-toppers Downham Town in the First Division KO Cup coming up on November 5.
"The loss at Fakenham was extremely disappointing," admitted Duke, pictured left.
- 1 Suspected paedophile, 61, arrested in front of thousands on live video
- 2 Bullying and insider trader claims pile up against former deputy leader
- 3 Hundreds go bargain hunting in the sun at first car boot since lockdown
- 4 Three derelict cottages ‘would make an ideal renovation project’
- 5 Residents urged to take twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests
- 6 Cheers! Busy first weekend back for pub post-lockdown
- 7 Empty Wisbech shop earmarked for slots and bingo
- 8 Dramatic drop in face-to-face GP appointments
- 9 High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire honoured with new role
- 10 Police officer sacked for racially abusing colleague at Christmas party
"We dropped well below the standards we have reached in recent weeks and ultimately were punished for it.
"It was clear that it hurt the lads and we have told them that we're looking for a big reaction as we go into a run of very important games.
"We have a strong and honest group of players and they have bounced back well to defeats previously and I'm sure they will do the same again.
"The defeat to Fakenham has made the next run of matches even more crucial and we are well aware that we can't allow the levels to drop again."
The top four finishers in the First Division North this season are expected to be promoted as part of a re-structure of the non-league system.
March are currently three points adrift of that bracket but boast matches in hand on all seven sides above them in the table.