Leiston Reserves 2-4 March Town: marvellous March are comeback kings
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March Town produced one of their best performances this season to storm back from two goals down to snatch victory against Leiston Reserves.
The Hares found themselves two goals down just after half time, but a rousing second half performance saw March fight back and seal a stunning 4-2 victory with goals from Luke Pepper, Jordan Goult and a brace from Liam Merryweather.
Leiston were cruising to victory after Kevin Inglis gave them the lead with an outrageous strike after he spotted Dave Beeny off his line and drilled a dipping effort over the keeper from distance.
Inglis then turned provider as his corner was headed home by Adam Horner a minute into the second half, and March appeared to be dead and buried with the majority of the second half still to play.
The Hares were given hope in the 52nd minute when Liam Pepper was hauled down in the area, and Liam Merryweather stepped up and slotted to penalty home to reduce the deficit.
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March’s comeback was complete when Liam Pepper got on the scoresheet himself following an inventive flick on after a Gerard Evans free kick.
The Hares were not satisfied with a point, and buoyed by their equaliser scored the third goal of their remarkable comeback; Evans turning provider once again for Jordan Goult to stroke home.
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Leiston’s Ben Vincent received his marching orders after two yellow cards and the Hares took advantage and scored their fourth and Liam Merryweather’s second spot-kick of the afternoon after Cox was brought down in the area six minutes before time.
The Hares’ remarkable turnaround takes them onto 19 points, only three behind Fenland rivals Ely City who are fifth in the Thurlow Nunn Division One.
March boss Chris Bartlett revelled in his side’s comeback win, saying “I’m really proud of the players. We showed committment and desire and once we got level we always thought we were going to win the game.”
March now face two cup ties in succession, beginning against Team Bury at home on Saturday November 7, and Bartlett believes his side need to start playing to their full potential.
He said: “We’ve got two important cup games coming up and we need to show the quality that we undoubtedly have.”