Whaley praises captain-for-the-day Welcher as March Town United net 2-0 win for Tony

MANAGER Brett Whaley praised captain-for-the-day Marc Welcher after he helped March Town United to an emotional 2-0 win on Saturday.

Players and fans united in a minute’s applause before the clash with Team Bury at the GER, in tribute to loyal clubman Tony Nobbs - Welcher’s grandfather.

Whaley said: “It was an emotional day for Marc and he was excellent. It would have been very easy for him to get frustrated but he was committed to the cause.

“He was desperate to get a result for his family and he was delighted with the win.”

A goal from Stu Anderson and a penalty from Luke Pepper were enough to fire March back up to fourth in the Ridgeons First Division, with four games remaining.

Whaley said he was delighted with the reaction of his players, who had slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Godmanchester Rovers in the semi-final of the Ridgeons First Division Knockout Cup last Wednesday.

“Over the course of a season you see different things in your squad,” he said. “Their reaction on Saturday was very important.

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“It was a real test of character after a disappointing result and we showed that we weren’t prepared to let our season fizzle out.

“They all said they had let themselves down last week but talk is cheap, you don’t find out how much it actually hurt them until the next game.

“Within five minutes of Saturday’s match I knew the lads were up for it.”

Captain Luke Pepper is suspended for Saturday’s home clash with Cambridge University Press. Young defender Joe Shippey, who came on as a substitute during the weekend win, may feature. The Hares also travel to Downham Town on Monday.