March Town United captain and top scorer Pepper ruled out for rest of season

MARCH Town United’s captain and top scorer Luke Pepper has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Pepper, who has scored 12 goals from midfield this season, damaged medial ligaments in his right knee during the reserves’ 1-0 defeat to Somersham Town Reserves on January 22.

Initially the 26-year-old expected to be out for up to six weeks but his longest ever spell on the sidelines is set to continue.

Pepper said: “I’m devastated my season is over but I don’t want to miss the start of next season or do some serious long-term damage.

“If we had a cup final or a chance of promotion it might be worth taking a risk but we’ve agreed it’s not.

“I might be first-team captain but I play for March as a club so I don’t regret playing that game for the reserves at all.”

Pepper will see a knee specialist in a few weeks and may have to have minor surgery to solve the problem.

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Hares boss Jamie Weston said: “It would be great for March to have him back but it’s just not worth risking him. I’d rather Luke be ready for next season.