Whaley secures Harrold loan deal but March Town United slump to third consecutive league defeat

NEW loan signing Liam Harrold was unavailable as March Town United suffered their third consecutive league defeat on Saturday.

Manager Brett Whaley swooped to sign King’s Lynn Town striker Harrold on a week-to-week loan deal on Friday.

But the 30-year-old target man was not able to travel to Debenham LC at the weekend, where the Hares slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

Luke Pepper’s penalty cancelled out an early Debeham strike but the hosts got their winner with a cruelly deflected effort.

Whaley, who also brought in young Histon trio Curtis Fulcher, Mattie Waters and Casey Logan on loan last week, said the flexible week-to-week arrangement for Harrold suited both clubs and the player.

The March boss will talk to Linnets manager Gary Setchell on a weekly basis to determine the striker’s availability, with Lynn able to recall him with 24 hours notice.

Whaley said: “It’s a win-win situation. We get a quality player and they can call him back when they want.

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“It’s a risk worth taking because our budget restricts us but if the arrangement works well then hopefully there’s potential for us to arrange similar deals with Lynn in the future.

“He’s a proven goalscorer. We’ve created chances all season and he scores goals but he can also get hold of the ball for us.

“I’m delighted to have Liam with us and I think he’ll do really well. The ball remains with Gary Setchell – he’s a King’s Lynn player – but we’ve got nothing to lose from this deal and everything to gain.”

March’s weekend defeat sees them slip to fifth in the Ridgeons First Division. They travel to Team Bury on Saturday.

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