March Town United suffer Pepper injury blow ahead of crunch weekend clash

MARCH Town United’s influential skipper Luke Pepper is doubtful for the Hares’ vital clash with high-flying Diss Town on Saturday.

March will be gunning for their seventh consecutive league win away from the GER as they try to avenge the 6-1 thrashing that they suffered against the Norfolk outfit earlier in the season.

But they could be without top-scorer Pepper after he picked up a knee injury in the reserves’ 1-0 loss to Somersham Town Reserves on Saturday - a defeat which saw March’s second string knocked off the top of the BIS League Division 1B table.

Manager Jamie Weston said Pepper would be unlikely to feature at the weekend and could also be doubtful for the Hares’ re-arranged league fixture with Team Bury on Tuesday.

“It’s a massive blow because he has been excellent for us,” said Weston, whose troops have lost just once since they capitulated against Diss in November.

“It will be a big miss but we are stronger than we were at the start of the season and we have got better strength in depth. We have still got enough to go and beat them.

“We are coming in to an important time. If we can come out of the next five or six games well then we will be right in it.

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“I still think that going forward we haven’t hit top form yet. If Denny (Escorcio) and Ash (Brand) click then it could be key for us.

“Our best way to play is with that attacking mindset. We are as good as anyone on our day and there’s no reason why we can’t win this game.”