Hockey round-up: Unbeaten March men’s first team continue dream start to season

A SENSATIONAL hat-trick from Rob Mitchell kept March Town men’s first team’s unbeaten record intact with a 3-1 victory over Upminster on Saturday.

March’s dream start to life at their highest-ever level - Division One - showed no signs of slowing as they made comfortable work of the league’s bottom side with another classy display.

March took the lead when David Hodson’s fine run and cross was finished by Mitchell - who left the visitors’ ‘keeper rooted to the spot with a fine effort.

Ed Batt, Adam Graham and Mitchell all went close before the latter bagged his second to give March a deserved 2-0 lead.

London-based Upminster pulled a goal back before the break and rallied early in the second half but March ‘keeper Simon Coe kept his in-form side in front with some fine saves.

However, man of the match Mitchell made the game safe when he slotted home the simplest of chances following a quick free hit from captain James Mansfield.

Fourth-placed March, who are just one point behind the league’s leaders Waltham Forest, travel to second-placed City of Peterborough III tomorrow.

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• A LAST-GASP equaliser from Sam Markille earned brave Wisbech Town men’s first team a fine draw against promotion-chasing Blueharts on Saturday.

The Hitchin-based visitors, who were relegated to Premier Division B last season, had won their previous four games but found a resilient Wisbech side much harder to dispose of.

Drew Harvey scored his first goal of the season from a penalty corner to put Wisbech ahead before the high-flying visitors converted two of their own to lead at half-time.

Blueharts slotted home their third penalty corner of the game 10 minutes into the second half to leave Wisbech staring down the barrel of defeat.

Their efforts were hardly helped when talisman Brad Apted limped off but captain Jon Shippey crashed home a penalty corner to give Wisbech hope.

Gavin Johnstone almost completed his side’s comeback but his fine effort was excellently saved as the hosts poured forward in search of an equaliser.

And just as it seemed Wisbech had run out of time Markille bagged the leveller with the last touch of the game to his side a deserved point.

• JAMES Fountain bagged four goals as March men’s III thumped Bourne Deeping III 8-0.

Goals from Daniel Woods, Jordan Hilliard, James Fisher and Tom Cole completed the rout.

• A BRACE from Josh Fyson and goals from Gary Hales and Andy Shore helped Long Sutton men’s first team beat St Ives 4-2 to pick up their first win of the league season.

• SIX-GOAL hero Ben Shore ran riot as Long Sutton men’s II destroyed Alford 9-0.

Nick Bailey, Stefan Fox and Luke Lovegrove also got their names on the scoresheet.

• CHARLIE Boughton and Stuart Mills scored for March men’s II as they lost 3-2 at City of Peterborough VI.

• CHAIRMAN Neil Liversedge grabbed a consolation for March Men’s IV as they were thumped 7-1 at unbeaten table-toppers Cambridge South III.

• WASTEFUL Wisbech men’s III crashed to a 6-1 home defeat against promotion-chasing Spalding. Dave Webster scored for Wisbech.

• AL Hanrahan, Gary Freear and Tim Atkins scored as Wisbech men’s II bravely went down 4-3 at unbeaten City of Peterborough IV.

• GOALS from Pete Shippey, Gary Freear and Jonathan Boyall helped Wisbech men’s IV beat Rutland III 3-0.

• EMMA Baker’s penalty corner hat-trick as Wisbech ladies’ II won 3-1 at Rutland in the Cambridgeshire Ladies’ League Premier Division Cup.

• LONG Sutton men’s III beat their own fourth team 5-2 in a friendly.

Andy Clarke (4) and Shane Thompson scored for Sutton III while Andrew Blom and Matt King notched for the fourths.

• A MELISSA Ludlam hat-trick and goals from Charlene Leuty and Robyn Gribble helped Long Sutton ladies’ first team thump Cambridge City III 5-0.

• WINLESS Wisbech ladies’ first team slumped to a 5-1 defeat at Dereham.

• Long Sutton ladies’ II lost 2-0 against Lincoln Roses II.