Mens hockey - Hugh's double is in vain
East Men's League Division Two North March 3 Ely City 4 MARCH were unable to secure the victory that would have alleviated their relegation fears and a lack of discipline cost them valuable points. The home team began well and took a 2-0 lead thanks t
East Men's League Division Two North March 3 Ely City 4MARCH were unable to secure the victory that would have alleviated their relegation fears and a lack of discipline cost them valuable points.The home team began well and took a 2-0 lead thanks to a double from Hugh Whittome.However, a defensive error allowed Ely to pull one back and the visitors levelled the scores just before the break.March defender Neil Liversedge received a yellow card early in the second half and Ely took advantage to take the lead.Jody Betts put March back on to level terms but shortly after Liversedge's return to the field, Scott Welcher was yellow carded and Ely scored the winner.Matt Bamford and Welcher went close to grabbing a late equaliser for March, who will be keen to pick up points when they travel to fellow strugglers Bury St Edmunds tomorrow (Saturday).Division Four North WestCambs Nomads III 1 March II 5MARCH II are now assured of promotion following a superb win at Nomads on Saturday.Dominant in the first half, March raced in to a 4-0 half time lead thanks to a hat-trick from Paul Wing and another from Daniel Shirley.Nomads were a much better team in the second half and forced the defensive trio of Ben Sole, Duncan Seaton, and Jamie Sandford in to action but it was Charlie Bester who broke to put March further ahead.Nomads scored a late consolation but it was a comfortable win for March, who are now chasing the league title. Their final game against Cambridge South could prove to be the championship decider.Player of the match John Mair celebrated his 40th birthday with an outstanding performance.March III 2 Wisbech II 4MARCH failed to shake off their relegation worries on Saturday, losing 4-2 to rivals Wisbech II.Wisbech were the better team early on and went 2-0 up after 10 minutes, but the home side battled back with a goal from Andy Bull.March keeper Gary Sandford kept the deficit down to one thanks to an excellent penalty stroke save before the break.However, Wisbech rediscovered their form in the second half and scored twice to go 4-1 up.Chris Peckett's goal and another heroic penalty stroke save from Sandford proved to be little more than consolations.Division Six North WestMarch IV 2 Peterborough V 6PROMOTION-chasing March were given a nasty shock by bottom side Peterborough V on Saturday.The home side found themselves under pressure right from the start and the visitors opened up a 2-0 lead. Substitutes Luke Barton and Nathan Foad made a positive impact on March, who pulled one back through Steve Birt, but Peterborough had the final say of the half, scoring their third.The visitors continued to dominate in the second half and two further goals put them 5-1 up. A goal from Steve Birt reduced the arrears, but a final goal from Peterborough sealed March's fate.March must now win their remaining two games to have any chance of promotion.