Pepper pulls the strings as March Town United profit from uncustomary fast start to blitz Haverhill

Denny Escorcio. Picture: Steve Williams.

Denny Escorcio. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

March Town United have been notoriously slow starters this campaign but that changed against Haverhill Borough on Saturday ... they were 3-0 up after 37 minutes.

A double from Dan Woods and Denny Escorcio’s goal put them in a commanding position and, although the visitors bagged a consolation effort, the Hares cruised to a 3-1 win.

The win was all the more welcome because it brought to an end a three game Thurlow Nunn League losing streak.

Bartlett said: “I’ve been telling the players for a while if we start well we can blow teams away.

“We got a fast start on Saturday and proved that. Haverhill had been on a good run so they got frustrated, the result being one of their players overreacted (he raised his hands at Max Mattless) and got sent off.”

Bartlett said it was a team effort but signalled out the returning Luke Pepper, whose season has been blighted by injury, was praise.

He said: “Our front three were red hot and the returning Luke Pepper was excellent, especially considering he is probably at 70 per cent of where he wants to be. He is an organiser and leads by example.”

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Up next for the Hares, who have been on a run of tough games, is a tasty encounter at Halstead Town.

Saturday’s hosts are fifth in the league, two places above March, but a win would see the Hares leapfrog them.

Bartlett said: “Halstead are another team in excellent form. I think they’ve lost one or two home games all season.

“It’s a tough away trip and we need to be on our mettle. If we can’t make a fast start, we at least need to make a resilient one.

“It’s certainly a game where we need to get the first goal.”

March will be missing Josh Jackman, who is at a graduation, while Joran Fiddes is out after pulling a hamstring against Haverhill.