Hockey - 10-man March earn a point
East Men's League Division Two North Norwich Union II 3 March I 3 MARCH picked up an unlikely but valuable point on Saturday. The loss of Jody Betts to an early red card put the visitors on the back foot and at the interval they trailed 3-0. However, it
East Men's League Division Two NorthNorwich Union II 3 March I 3MARCH picked up an unlikely but valuable point on Saturday. The loss of Jody Betts to an early red card put the visitors on the back foot and at the interval they trailed 3-0.However, it was a different story in the second half and March, sponsored by Bar 23, pushed Union back.Jody Betts got March on to the scoresheet before he set up Andrew Mills for the second.Betts fired March on to level terms with 12 minutes remaining and keeper Ashley Reed made several fine saves to earn his side a point. Richard West was named March's player of the match.Division Four North WestCambridge City IV 0 March II 1AS EXPECTED, this top of the table clash proved to be a tight, low-scoring game but March came out on top to record their 14th straight win.Both defences held firm but the breakthrough came midway through the first half when John Mair's shot took a wicked deflection off a defender to find the back of the net.The visitors' defence resisted the City attacks in the second half and Gary Sandford made vital saves.March III 2 St Neots III 1MARCH are making a late bid to avoid relegation and they came back from a goal down to clinch a valuable win on Saturday.The visitors edged ahead with a goal in the first half but March bounced back after the break.Adam Triggs fired March level early in the second half and the three points were earned by Steve Birt's goal with 15 minutes left.Division Six North WestMarch IV 6 Spalding III 2MARCH made up ground on league leaders Alford with a good win over Spalding on Saturday.The home side, sponsored by Hackett Windle, took the game to Spalding from the outset and were rewarded with four first half goals from leading goalscorer Josh Birt.Spalding hit back early in the second half but Lewis Hilliard's strike and Steve Birt's goal put March way ahead before the visitors' late consolation.Player of the match Josh Birt has now scored 13 league goals this season. Division Seven North WestMarch V 3 St Neots V 0THREE wins and a draw since Christmas has resulted in March moving smartly away from the bottom of the league. The home team, sponsored by The New Kashmir Balti House, began in an attacking mood and Simon Laws opened the scoring after just four minutes.Simon Johnson gave March a two-goal lead seven minutes after the break and Toby Odlin rifled in his first goal of the season to wrap up another excellent win. Cambs Ladies LeagueDivision TwoEly City II 0 March ladies III 4ELY started the better of the two sides but March found their feet and went on to record a fine win.March were frustrated by several missed chances in a goalless first half.But the second half was a different story and fine work from Abbi Mitchell and Amy Morris in attack caused Ely all kinds of problems.March's skipper Jenny Palmer had a game to remember as she scored four in the second half to guide the visitors to victory.