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REVIEW | March

A look back at the eight month of the 2016-17 campaign

26 June 2017

The Reds picked up six points from their six matches during the month.

The side began March with a 0-0 draw at home to league leaders Doncaster Rovers. Glenn Morris produced a man-of-the-match performance and saved a first half penalty from John Marquis to earn the Reds a valuable point.

Three days later eventual champions Portsmouth visited the Checkatrade Stadium but the Reds were on the end of a 2-0 defeat - Morris once again saved a spot-kick but Christan Burgess and Kyle Bennett gave Paul Cook's men the victory.

Rhys Murphy's first half goal the following Saturday at The Hive gave the Reds the lead at Barnet, before an acrobatic effort from Simon Akinola drew the home side level. 

Enzio Boldewijn put the Reds back into the lead with a fine second half solo goal, before Jamal Campbell-Ryce's late equaliser meant the points were shared in North London.

In midweek three days later goals from James Jones, Jordan Bowery and Chris Dagnall condemned the Reds to a 3-0 home defeat to Crewe Alexandra.

The side travelled to Blundell Park to face Grimsby Town the following weekend and drew 1-1 with the Mariners in the north-east. Sam Jones had put the hosts ahead before James Collins' equaliser brought the Reds back on level terms.

Danny Collins was dismissed for the hosts with ten minutes to go, and captain Jimmy Smith had two great chances to win the game for the Reds - but the skipper couldn't convert and the visiting side had to settle for a point.

The final game of the month saw a convincing 3-0 victory over Leyton Orient - goals from Collins, Boldewijn and Joe McNerney meant the Reds were 3-0 up at half time at the Checkatrade Stadium and that was enough to win the game.


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