Hockey round-up: Controversial late strike sinks March firsts

MARCH firsts suffered a heartbreaking loss to Spalding, as a controversial late goal condemned them to defeat. Elsewhere, there were commanding wins for the thirds and fourths, who scored an impressive 13 goals between them.

East Men’s Hockey League

Division Two North

Spalding 4 March 3

March were robbed of a point as Spalding struck a controversial late winner to beat them 4-3. March had taken the lead through James Fisher but quickly found themselves 3-1 down. Fine efforts from Matt Willis and Ash Welland restored parity before Spalding’s last-gasp strike was allowed to stand in controversial circumstances.

East Men’s Hockey League

Division Three North West

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March II 0 Rutland II 6

March suffered a heavy defeat to a clinical Rutland in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggests. The hosts paid the price for missing a number of golden chances and they will look to return to winning ways away to St. Ives next week.

East Men’s Hockey League

Division Five North West

St Neots III 3 March Town III 9

James Fountain scored four goals and Charlie Boughton bagged a hat-trick as March stunned St Neots. The visitors went behind early on but recovered in emphatic style, with Dan Shirley and Callum Mitchell the other scorers in a 9-3 thrashing.

East Men’s Hockey League

Division Six North West (S)

March Town IV 4 St Neots IV 1

March were rewarded for a bright start with a David Woods goal that gave them a half time lead. Andy Bull scored twice in a commanding second half performance, which saw Ash Impey secure the victory late on. Man of the match was shared between Si Welland and Philip Christie.

Cambridgeshire Ladies League

Division Two

Ely III 1 March 1

March were left to rue a host of missed chances as they failed to convert their dominance into victory. They took the lead in the first half when Harriet Davies fed Cath Fryett, who drove a ferocious shot past the Ely ‘keeper. But, they were pegged back in the second half as Ely re-grouped to equalise and earn a hard-fought point.