March Town United manager Bartlett expects tough Downham Town showdown

Chris Bartlett. Picture: Steve Williams.

Chris Bartlett. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March Town United boss Chris Bartlett says his side will need to be at their best against Downham Town tomorrow if they wish to preserve their four game winning streak.

The Hares’ game on Saturday at Team Bury was postponed, meaning leading scorer Dan Woods and key midfielder Lewis McManus, who were both suspended for that game, still have to serve their bans and will miss the Downham clash.

Bartlett said: “It’s unfortunate but it gives an opportunity for a couple of other players to step up and they’ll be desperate to do well.

“Downham is a big challenge. They are on a very good run of form, not too dissimilar to us.

“They are very well organised and difficult to beat. It will be a very competitive game and we will have to be right at it.”

Bartlett has every reason to reflect with pride at his first campaign in charge of the Hares. They finished bottom last season but, this time round, are sitting fifth.

Bartlett said: “I was very fortunate to join at the time I did. This club is a great thing to be a part.

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“There is a lot of optimism around. We are heading in the right direction on the pitch and the board deserve enormous credit for working so hard to make the clubhouse happen. Now, it’s all systems go.”