Rivals locked in ten-goal thriller

PUBLISHED: 12:44 15 September 2006 | UPDATED: 22:14 28 May 2010

GOOD SAVE: March’s Gary Howsam is denied a goal as the Wisbech II keeper makes a penalty stroke save. 	1137BP96

GOOD SAVE: March's Gary Howsam is denied a goal as the Wisbech II keeper makes a penalty stroke save. 1137BP96

MARCH Town Hockey Club were involved in another busy weekend of friendly fixtures and the highlight was a thrilling 5-5 draw between the March and Wisbech third teams. A young March side took to the field at Harecroft Road and got off to a great start wit

FENLAND THRILLER: The friendly match between the March and Wisbech third teams proved to be an exciting, hard-fought encounter. Pictures: Brian Purdy

MARCH Town Hockey Club were involved in another busy weekend of friendly fixtures and the highlight was a thrilling 5-5 draw between the March and Wisbech third teams.

A young March side took to the field at Harecroft Road and got off to a great start with a goal from the impressive Adam Graham, but the Wisbech response was immediate and within 30 seconds the scores were level.

Duncan Seaton's goal-line clearance kept March on level terms and Graham's second goal put the visitors 2-1 up at the break.

The game became even more frantic in the second half and Gary Howsam extended the March lead before Wisbech hit back with two quick goals.

The game tipped back in March's favour when Graham completed his hat-trick and Howsam struck his second to put March 5-3 ahead.

An ankle injury forced Nick King off the field and Wisbech took advantage to hit back with two goals that levelled the scores.

March men's first team suffered defeat in their home friendly against Spalding I. A brace from Hugh Whittome and goals from Josh Birt and Rob Mitchell were not enough for the home side who lost 7-4.

March II came back from a goal down to share the spoils in their friendly against Pelicans II.

A goal from Steve Birt put March ahead but two goals for the visitors gave them a 2-1 half-time lead.

March were much improved in the second half and they netted a deserved equaliser when Josh Birt, scoring his first goal for the second team, ended a fine move orchestrated by Rob Mitchell. Andy Bull was voted the player of the match.

n A March ladies squad took part in a three-team tournament, in Peterborough, on Sunday, but they found the going tough against teams from Peterborough and Bourne.

In their first game, March battled hard against Peterborough and a strike from the outstanding Tracy Liversedge levelled the scores in the second half. However, the home side hit back to give them a flattering winning margin.

It was a similar story against Bourne and a goal from Sue Heaver put March in contention at 2-1 in the second half.

However, as March pushed for the equaliser, eventual tournament winners Bourne hit on the break to score two more goals.

March squad: Sue Heaver, Lauren Oakman, Felicity Allen, Tracy Liversedge, Angie Rodger, Katie Rodger, Maria Shackloth, Hannah Foad, Emily Graham, Jenny Palmer, Polly Parker.

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