Hockey - Plucky March leave Saints empty handed

Cambs Ladies League Premier Division St Ives II 3 March ladies II 2 AS THE only side in league action at the weekend, March ladies II faced a daunting trip to St Ives, who had beaten March 10-0 in September. However, the visitors, sponsored by Mondi Pac

Cambs Ladies League Premier DivisionSt Ives II 3 March ladies II 2AS THE only side in league action at the weekend, March ladies II faced a daunting trip to St Ives, who had beaten March 10-0 in September.However, the visitors, sponsored by Mondi Packaging UK Ltd, were desperately unlucky to come away without at least a point.Saints took control of the game with two goals in the first half but Liz Lambert's fine goal put March back in the game.When St Ives restored their two-goal lead before the break, it looked bleak for the March side.But Nancy Brownlow's goal early in the second half set up an exciting end to the game but a deserved equaliser eluded the plucky visitors.There were fine performances from keeper Kelly Bird and defenders Lucy Walton, Cath Fryett and player of the match Petrina Cartwright.FriendliesMarch I 1 Shefford & Sandy I 1IN their first competitive match for three weeks, March made a brisk start but they were unable to find their scoring touch in a goalless first half.The visitors took advantage to open the scoring from a penalty corner in the second half and the home side were stung in to action.March created several chances but they had to wait until the final play of the match when Matt Bamford scored a dramatic equaliser from a penalty corner. Wisbech III 6 Pelicans III 4WISBECH III continued their build-up to the second half of the league season with an impressive friendly victory against local rivals Pelicans.It was the away side who took the lead early on after indecisiveness at the back but Wisbech bounced back with a display of fine flowing hockey.James Turner fired in an equaliser before Micky Coates struck a spectacular hat-trick within 20 first-half minutes. After a few changes at half time, Wisbech couldn't quite find their touch in the second half and Pelicans managed to claw two goals back before substitute Joseph Prestidge's goal settled the home team's nerves.Pelicans did pull a goal back, but excellent interplay involving Matt Warren and Coates resulted in another fine goal from Prestidge.Matt Warren and Micky Coates were outstanding as was skipper Orlando Prestidge in the home defence.Shefford & Sandy II 3 March III 4MARCH put their poor league form behind them to record a good victory over Shefford & Sandy. The visitors took the lead when Ashley Welland finished off a fine move but within minutes, the home side struck back with an equaliser.March regained the lead when Nick King converted from a penalty corner just before the break and within seconds of the restart King put March 3-1 up.The experienced home side hit back with two goals to level the scores but King scored a late winner to complete his hat-trick and clinch victory.March ladies I 1 Stevenage ladies I 10 WITH five regular team members missing, March came up against a very strong Stevenage side who put on a show of clinical finishing.There were first team debuts for Shereen Hutton in midfield and Hannah Foad in defence and both found themselves in the thick of the action.The home side, sponsored by Brandon Bolt Company, conceded five goals in the first half but were unlucky not to convert a couple of good chances to reduce the deficit.March's young defence stood firm for the first 10 minutes of the second half and despite a consolation strike from Lauren Oakman and the heroics of keeper and player of the match Julie Ingham, the visitors scored another five in the second period.