Encouraging result from friendly

PUBLISHED: 12:31 22 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:14 28 May 2010

The young combined March third and fourth team came up against a much more experienced Sandy side on Saturday. Pic: Steve Williams

The young combined March third and fourth team came up against a much more experienced Sandy side on Saturday. Pic: Steve Williams

March II took part in the friendly Peterborough Tournament at the weekend and they were able to look back on two very encouraging results. In a tough first game against last season s runners-up, Cambridge South I, March took a deserved 1-0 lead in to the

March II took part in the friendly Peterborough Tournament at the weekend and they were able to look back on two very encouraging results.

In a tough first game against last season's runners-up, Cambridge South I, March took a deserved 1-0 lead in to the break thanks to a goal from skipper Charlie Bester.

Bester went on to complete his hat-trick in the second half before Rob Mitchell made it 4-0. A late goal from Cambridge proved to be no more than a consolation in a match in which John West took the player of the match award.

In their second game against Rutland, March got off to a sluggish start and trailed 2-0 within the first five minutes.

However, March hit back and goals from West and Bester levelled the scores before the break.

In an enthralling second half, a well-taken brace from Andy Bull gave March a 4-2 lead before Rutland hit back with their third.

Keeper and player of the match James Hilliard made a crucial penalty stoke save before Adam Westwood finished off a fine move to complete the scoring.

In other friendly games involving the men's teams there were baptisms of fire for two young and inexperienced March teams.

The combined third and fourth team found themselves up against a well-organised Sandy side and the visitors used their experience to open up a 7-0 half-time lead.

The home side were much better in the second half and limited Sandy to three more goals.

- A similarly inexperienced March V team, sponsored by The New Kashmir Balti House, also came up against opposition from Sandy on Saturday.

March keeper Charlie Rutterford earned himself the player of the match award with a string of fine saves but the home side did break through to score and win 4-0.

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