Whaley calls for packed GER as March Town United dream of FA Cup derby with Wisbech Town
HARES fans are being urged to pack the GER tomorrow to help cheer March Town United to a possible FA Cup derby with Wisbech Town.
While Wisbech Town are favourites to beat Halstead Town, the Hares will be underdogs against Ridgeons Premier Division outfit Kirkley & Pakefield in their FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round clash.
But, with �750 up for grabs - and a potentially lucrative home clash against the Fenmen in the next round - March boss Brett Whaley has called for the GER to be turned into an FA Cup fortress.
He said: “When the GER is packed it’s an intimidating place to play.
“A cracking atmosphere will only help us. We beat Haverhill Rovers in an FA Cup Preliminary Round replay at home in 2008 and it was down to the increased support on the night.
“The support made the difference and it always does - even at our level. From the club’s point of view a match against Wisbech would be excellent financially.
“For the players, they saw what it was like to play them in a friendly game and how much interested that generated - imagine if we played them in an FA Cup match.
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“Everybody wrote it off as only a friendly and that it was just Lea Jordan who helped us win so I’m sure the lads would love a chance to prove that they can give them a proper game.
“We’re not expected to get anything out of the game so we’ll go into it with nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
First division March drew 2-2 with Whitton United in their opening league game of the season on Saturday.
However, in-form striker Stu Anderson (holiday) - who bagged a double at the weekend - will miss tomorrow’s clash along with Gavin Cooke (holiday) and Kyle Nolan (ankle injury).
Newly-signed centre-back Nathan Smith, who completed his move from United Counties League Premier Division side Northampton Spencer last week, and striker Andy Wayte are likely to be involved in Whaley’s squad.
The Hares boss said: “Andy worked hard during pre-season and played well and it was only the form of Stu that kept him out of Saturday’s team.
“He’s a good target man and hopefully he’ll give me a massive headache by playing well tomorrow.
“We are all football fans and we love the FA Cup so it’s easy to get involved in the romance of it all - I can’t wait to be involved in the competition again.”