HOCKEY: Fenland derby rout provides a fine farewell for March Town 1sts hat-trick hero

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant

March Town 1sts dished out an East Men’s League derby drubbing to a set of Fenland rivals last Saturday.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant

The promotion-chasing March side showed no mercy to their rock-bottom hosts when roaring to a 12-0 triumph in Division Three North-West.

It was a resounding victory which featured a hat-trick of hat-tricks as Matthew Wallis, Ben Wright and David Hodson bagged three goals apiece.

That scoring feat provided a fine farewell for Wallis in his final appearance for joining the navy.

Rob Mitchell (2) and Jacob Fraser provided the other goals in third-placed March’s biggest win of the campaign.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant


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But it was a very different story for March Town 2nds as they were on the receiving end of a double-figure defeat.

The local side went down 10-0 at unbeaten leaders Louth 1sts in Division Five North-West. They were only able to field eight players as four others went to Loughborough instead in error!

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It was also a tough Saturday for all Wisbech sides.

Their 1sts suffered a third successive defeat in Division One when beaten by 4-1 by Wapping 3rds at the Olympic Park in London.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant

And the 4ths were on the receiving end of a 17-1 defeat to their St Ives equivalents in Division Six North-West (South).

Josh Bell briefly had them on level terms while goalkeeper Aiden Falcus also performed well on a particularly busy day.

Wisbech Ladies 2nds were pipped in an East Women’s League clash, losing 2-1 to City of Peterborough 3rds in Division Three North-West.

They conceded twice in the opening period before being fired back into contention by Louise Sandall in the second half, but the Fenland side couldn’t find a leveller.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER.

Wisbech 2nds v March 1st hockey. Picture: IAN CARTER. - Credit: Archant

But there was a second success of the season for 3rds as they beat Bury St Edmunds 4ths in Division Five North-West (South).

The Wisbech side fell behind early in the second half, but fought back to win 2-1 thanks to a brace of Joanne Gomm goals.

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