Hares up for FA Cup clash against Premier Division leaders

PUBLISHED: 12:05 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 08:38 02 June 2010

MARCH Town United captain Luke Pepper has called on the people of the town to make the GER a fortress tomorrow when the Hares host Ridgeons Premier Division leaders Leiston in an FA Cup clash. Leiston have won all four of their league games this season a

MARCH Town United captain Luke Pepper has called on the people of the town to make the GER a fortress tomorrow when the Hares host Ridgeons Premier Division leaders Leiston in an FA Cup clash.

Leiston have won all four of their league games this season and hammered Premier Division whipping boys Whitton United 7-0 on Tuesday night.

But Pepper, who scored in March's 1-1 Ridgeons First Division draw at Fakenham on the same night, believes his side have the quality to pull off a shock result.

He said: "We've shown in the past that, on our day, we are capable of beating the top sides in both our league and the league above.

"I'm expecting a tough match as Leiston are flying at the moment but home advantage could have a big impact and hopefully a big crowd will turn up to cheer us on."

March have drawn their last two matches 1-1.

They drew at Fakenham on Tuesday and Diss Town on Saturday and Pepper was reasonably happy with performances.

Tuesday's match saw Fakenham take a 1-0 lead with a penalty midway through the first half after Scott Welcher committed a foul following a break down the right wing.

March equalised 10 minutes before the interval when Pepper lobbed the goalkeeper from 25 yards out and a scrappy second half saw little goalmouth action.

Saturday's match saw James Richardson pop up with a last-minute equaliser.

Pepper had missed the chance to give March the lead in the first half when the Diss goalkeeper saved his penalty strike after a foul on Ashley Brand

Diss went 1-0 up with a goal from a corner just before half-time.

March bossed large periods of the second half with striker James MacCallum causing problems for the Diss defence.

But they left it late and Richardson smashed the ball home from close range just before the final whistle to earn the draw.

Pepper said: "Diss are one of the favourites to be promoted and you have to be happy to get a point with a last-minute goal but we had several good chances and could have won.

"It was pleasing to see us keep going to the end and this is the sort of game we would have lost last season."

He added: "We would expect to win at teams like Fakenham but we had to scrap hard and work for the point, which we did well.


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