Hockey round-up: March men’s firsts put an end to the misery with first win of season

A MISERABLE 10-game losing streak came to an end as March men’s firsts got their first win of the season while Wisbech Ladies beat Fen rivals Long Sutton 3-1.

March Town Hockey Club

• CAPTAIN Adam Graham said his men’s first team were back on track after they picked up their first win of the season.

Ben Wright’s winner saw March end their 10-game losing streak by beating Cambridge Nomads 1-0 on Saturday. The victory recoups the three points they lost for a forfeited fixture.

“We’re heading towards Christmas on 0 points,” said Graham. “But that’s better than being stuck in the minuses.

“For the first three games we only had 10 players but now we’re starting to get some consistency. “It’s about building a team for next year and getting everyone playing together. We’re competing now and as a club we’re much happier.”

• GARY Howsam saw his penalty flick saved as the men’s II were beaten 3-0 by St Ives II while the men’s III were thrashed 8-3 by Horncastle.

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Wisbech Town Hockey Club

• THE men’s first team suffered their fourth consecutive Premier B defeat with a 5-2 loss to title rivals Cambridge University II.

Hosts Wisbech went 2-0 down but second-half goals from Brad Apted and Gary Freear got them back on terms.

A controversial goal restored Cambridge’s lead and, after Gavin Johnstone’s effort was ruled out, the visitors added two more.

Wisbech welcome back Sam Markillie and captain Jonathan Shippey, who has recovered from his injury, for Saturday’s trip to Letchworth.

• WISBECH Ladies came from behind to claim a 3-1 win over Fenland rivals Long Sutton.

Robyn Gribble put Sutton ahead but a second-half brace from Claire Apted and a late Georgie Dunn goal sealed Wisbech’s comeback.

• THE ladies’ second and third teams both claimed stunning 3-2 victories.

Laura Overland, Louise Sandall and Gilly Dunn scored as the seconds beat Rutland while Zoe Forder, Olivia O’Conner and Fiona Hamer-Phillip were on target in the thirds’ win over Newmarket III.

• THE men’s II completed the first half of their league fixtures unbeaten after they claimed a 4-2 triumph over Ely City II.

Braces from Sam Dunn and Hugo Atkins secured another hard-fought three points for the table-toppers.

• GOALS from Dom Stannard (2), Joe Brownlow (2), Mark Laws and Richard Claxton gave the men’s III a 6-3 win over Alford while the fourths pipped Bourne Deeping IV 4-2.

Long Sutton Hockey Club

• THE bottom-of-the-table men’s firsts were crushed 8-3 by Colchester despite goals from Ben Shore, Ash Taylor and Fred Whatling.

• HOTSHOT Nick Bailey scored another hat-trick and Gary Hales was on target as the in-form men’s II beat City of Peterborough VI 4-1.

• SAM Gray’s finish proved the difference in the inter-club derby as the thirds beat the fourths 1-0, while goals from Katie Ireland and Dawn Howell gave the ladies’ II a 2-1 win over Woodhall Spa.