‘It was horrible to watch’: March Town boss Bartlett slams Hares’ opening day defeat
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March Town boss Chris Bartlett admitted a losing start to the Thurlow Nunn League First Division season was ‘horrible to watch’.
The Hares slipped to a 2-0 derby defeat at the hands of newly-promoted Wisbech St Mary at the GER on Tuesday night. It was the Saints’ first-ever victory in non-league football.
March fell behind to a contentiously-awarded penalty nine minutes into the second half of a game which attracted an excellent attendance of 225.
Their fate was then sealed by a moment of genius in the closing stages as Saints man Danny Emmington caught Hares goalkeeper Dave Beeny napping with a free-kick struck from the halfway line.
Bartlett said: “A home defeat wasn’t the way we were looking to start the season. It was a really scrappy game as derby matches often tend to be. It was horrible to watch in all honesty.
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“The first goal was always going to be crucial and unfortunately that arrived following a shocking penalty decision against us. Then we switched off for the second goal after a player had received treatment, but it was a hell of a strike.
“We didn’t play well enough to get anything out of the game. That’s a disappointment in front of a terrific crowd.”
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Kev Holt volleyed over March’s best chance of the first half. Luke Pepper then squandered a glorious chance to level moments after the spot-kick setback as he headed wide from a pinpoint Jordan Fiddes cross.
Next up for March is a trip to league newcomers Coggeshall, who have had successive promotions in the past two seasons, tomorrow. They then host Haverhill Borough on Tuesday.