March Town United 1 - 5 Whitton United

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams - Credit: Archant

Boss Paul Crosbie bemoaned his side’s defensive shortcomings after they lost 5-1 to Whitton United at the GER on Saturday.

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams - Credit: Archant

The Hares put in a spirited performance but were outclassed by the Thurlow Nunn First Division leaders.

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams

March football vs Whitton United. Picture: Steve williams - Credit: Archant

Toby Ogbonna grabbed their only goal - his 25 yard strike squirmed under the keeper.

The defeat leaves March 15th in the league with a paltry seven points from 12 games.

Crosbie said: “We were the architects of our own downfall. I’m not saying we deserved a draw but the scoreline was harsh.

“The attitude of the players was much better than in the Linton Granta game so I can’t complain but we showed extreme naivity.

“We conceded a number of sloppy goals and keeper Max Flintoff, who has been excellent since he joined us, hit his clearance straight to a Whitton player.”

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Crosbie said he was on the lookout for experienced defenders to support his young back four but it was hard to attract players to a club which is struggling.

He said: “We recognise the need for more experience, especially with our injuries to key defenders, but it is difficult to attract players when we are where we are in the league table.

“I’ve almost thought about coming out of retirement myself but my hip would not let me.

“Instead, all myself and assistant manager Bob Warby can do is try and pass on our experience.”

March are desperate to get back on a winning run when they host Braintree Reserves tomorrow, a team the Hares have a good record against.

Crosbie said: “We are undefeated against them. Last season we beat them 3-1 away from home and at home they got a last minute equaliser.

“Their management did not like the fact they could not beat us so I expect them to be fired up to get the win.

“But I think we can cause an upset.

”It is about time our luck changed - hopefully it will on Saturday.”

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