‘We must be tougher’ says Hares’ boss after March Town United bullied out of cup by local rivals

MARCH Town United’s see-saw season continued as they were knocked out of the Ridgeons League Cup by local rivals Ely City last night.

Two weeks ago, the Hares had looked like title challengers during their 5-1 thrashing of Ridgeons Division One leaders Cambridge University Press.

But a 2-0 defeat to Saffron Walden and a 3-0 cup loss to Ely - who play in the league above - have left manager Jamie Weston scratching his head.

The Hares’ boss was left especially angry at the midweek defeat, claiming that his side were bullied out of the game by a very physical Ely side.

He said: “Some of the things that they were able able to get away with were criminal. There were two-footed challenges and punches. It was foul after foul.

“We have got to get a bit tougher - we have to be able to stand up to these physical teams.

“We just can’t get any consistency going at the moment, partly because of the gap in games we’ve had. When we’re good, we’re great - but when we’re bad, we’re terrible.”

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It’s a different story for the club’s reserves though, after they strolled to their fifth consecutive win under chairman Phil White on Saturday.

White’s rampant troops crushed Buckden 3-1 to stay top of the BIS League Division 1B.

“It’s easy to manage a quality side,” said White. “They are all pulling together and they are getting the results they deserve.

“They need to be pushing the guys in the first team for their places - that’s what it’s all about.”

Goals from Andy Bryan, Joe Barnes and a 20-yard free kick from Sean White secured the side’s latest victory.

The first team entertain fourth placed Diss Town at the GER on Saturday, while the reserves travel to Littleport Town Reserves.