March perform superbly to beat Hadleigh United
MARCH Town United moved up to eighth in Ridgeons Division One after a superb performance gave them the points against Hadleigh United on Saturday. The previously unbeaten Hadleigh United were second best in every department as the Hares dominated possessi
MARCH Town United moved up to eighth in Ridgeons Division One after a superb performance gave them the points against Hadleigh United on Saturday.
The previously unbeaten Hadleigh United were second best in every department as the Hares dominated possession and returned a 2-0 victory at the GER.
After an even first 10 minutes, the deadlock was broken with March's first threatening attack. Harry Roe intercepted the ball in midfield and played a through ball to Ashley Spendelow, whose first shot was saved by Hadleigh keeper Whitwell, but Spendelow fired in the rebound.
The visitors did have the ball in the net just three minutes later but striker Wall was adjudged to be offside before he slid the ball past Trevor Marshall.
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The visitors' chances were limited in the first half but they did force Marshall in to a couple of smart saves, the best coming at close range from Wall, who found himself in on goal inside the penalty area.
March did endure a rather shaky period before half time and invited pressure by giving away a series of free kicks around their box.
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However, after the break, March stepped up their game and any Hadleigh attacks were quickly snubbed out by the outstanding Paul Cousins and Steve Thompson in the heart of the solid home defence.
The Hares' midfield began to move the ball around with confidence and with Roe and Spendelow orchestrating play, Teddy Rimmell and Ashley Brand gave the visitors problems down the flanks.
Brand came close to doubling the lead with a volley in the box before Paul Shafer fired in a left-footed shot just over the bar.
Brand's free kick, on the edge of the box, just missed the right hand post but the Hares' determination was rewarded midway through the second half.
Rimmell broke with the ball down the right wing and he sent in a pin-point cross to the heart of the Hadleigh box where Shafer nodded the ball home from six yards.
With confidence levels running high, March fashioned several chances in a one-way 10-minute period. Roe had a good shot saved before Shafer cut across the edge of the box and unleashed a shot that beat Whitwell but struck the right hand post.
New signing Michael Moore was introduced for Shafer with 15 minutes remaining and both Rimmell and Brand came close to extending the March lead with headers, but the home side comfortably saw out the final minutes.
March manager, Alan Russell said: "I was very pleased with our performance and we needed it after losing two league games in a row.
"We showed great attitude, discipline and fitness levels and while Hadleigh looked out on their feet at the end we still looked fresh."
FOR the latest news on the Hares and possible new signings read Friday's Cambs Times.