Menezes on target as March Town United make it three wins on the bounce at Cornard United

Chris Bartlett. Picture: Steve Williams.

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

March Town United manager Chris Bartlett says his side didn’t get out of first gear in their 1-0 win at Cornard United on Saturday.

But the Hares boss expects his side will be “flying” for Saturday’s visit of Team Bury.

Juliano Menezes’ fine header from a free kick helped March make it three wins on the bounce in a game Bartlett says his side could have won more comfortably.

The win saw the Hares climb to seventh in the Thurlow Nunn First Division with 18 points from nine games.

They are only four points behind leaders Debenham LC and they also have a game in hand.

Bartlett said: “We were late arriving to the ground because of a potato lorry shedding its load, which was not ideal, but I’m not going to make excuses.

“We created plenty of opportunities without getting out of first gear. The statistician says we had 20 shots, 13 of them on target. We just didn’t finish well enough and their keeper made some good saves.

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“It was a bit of a flat performance but its important to win games some times when you are not great. We’ll take the win, move on and hopefully against Team Bury will be flying.”

Bartlett describes Team Bury, who are without a win in three games and sit 10th in the league, as an “unknown quantity”.

He said: “They are an unknown quantity. They may be in the bottom half of the table but so were Woodbridge and Cornard, who we made hard work of, and Braintree, who beat us.

“In the changing room, I tell the players not to worry about the opposition affecting us. We must approach each game thinking how we can affect them.”

Josh Jackman will be missing against Team Bury but Callum Young returns and Luke Pepper should be in the squad.

Bartlett says Lewis Mcmanus is on the road to recovery but this weekend’s game has probably come a week too early.

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