Skipper returns as ruthless March follow weekend win with cup victory

Hares’ skipper Luke Pepper found the net as March Town United booked their place in the next round of The Ridgeons League Challenge Cup, with a 3-2 win over Fakenham Town on Tuesday.

Pepper, who returned to action after a five-week absence in Saturday’s 1-0 win over table-toppers Long Melford, scored a volley to help the Hares overcome Fakenham.

A 25 yard strike from Scott Welcher and a goal from 18 year-old Dan Sterna sealed the 3-2 victory.

Midfield playmaker Pepper said: “It was really good to be back involved and it was nice to get off the mark for the season.

“We are starting to play really well and Saturday’s win was particularly good as we had to defend well in the second half against a strong wind.”

Saturday’s victory came thanks to a first half strike from Denny Escorcio and Pepper says the Hares are still gunning for a high league finish.

He said: “We felt that we had a bad start but it’s tight this year and we have plenty of games in hand.

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“We are always looking for a top five finish. We are quite a young side but we are reasonably experienced at this level and we really want promotion.”

March’s next game is away at Swaffham Town on October 9, for which the Hares will welcome back manager Jamie Weston following the birth of his first son Noah last week.