Thirst four goals seals hard win

PUBLISHED: 09:45 02 November 2007 | UPDATED: 23:08 28 May 2010

QUICK BREAK: Peterborough go on the attack.

QUICK BREAK: Peterborough go on the attack.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST LADIES LEAGUE DIVISION TWO NORTH March I 5 City of Peterborough II 3 FOUR first-half goals from star striker Lauren Oakman put March well on the way to victory. March went a goal down after just 10 minutes but the equaliser came foll

HOLDING ON: March go on the defensive against Peterborough.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST LADIES LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

March I 5 City of Peterborough II 3

FOUR first-half goals from star striker Lauren Oakman put March well on the way to victory.

GOALDEN GIRL: March star striker Lauren Oakman (right).

March went a goal down after just 10 minutes but the equaliser came following a good solo run and finish from leading scorer Oakman, who then took control and put the hosts 4-1 up at the break.

Town had the majority of the possession in the second half and came close with efforts from Emma Rawlinson, Robyn Gribble and Liz Robinson.

Eventually City of Peterborough got the break they were looking for and pulled a goal back.

This spurred the visitors into a good attacking spell and they closed the gap to 4-3.

TOUGH BATTLE: March second-string ladies battle for possession.

March kept possession well and a good move down the right wing and a super cross from Rawlinson was well finished by Robinson.

The win secured the points that keep March second in the table.

CAMBS LADIES LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

March II 0 Cambridge South I 5

MARCH struggled to find form early on against a strong Cambridge South side.

Just as it looked as though March would hold out until half-time, the visitors scored.

Despite some fine goalkeeping by stand-in keeper Tracy Liversedge and an excellent display at the back from Lorna Larham, March conceded two further goals before the interval.

The second half mirrored the first, with limited attacks from March, and Cambridge pinning the hosts back for long periods.

The visitors wrapped up victory with two further goals in the closing minutes.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MENS LEAGUE

DIVISION TWO NORTH

March Town I 2 Bedford Town II 7

BOTH sides were sitting at the foot of the table and looking to improve their league positions, but Bedford ran out worthy winners.

March found themselves two goals down after just 10 minutes, but Charlie Bester pulled one back five minutes later.

But Bedford scored again just before half-time.

In the second half, Bedford punished March with two quick goals to lead 5-1.

Bester scored his second goal but it was not enough as the visitors netted twice more.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MENS LEAGUE

DIVISION THREE NORTH WEST

Cambridge University III 3 March Town II 1

A SUPERB man of the match performance from tireless midfielder Ryan Wright wasn't enough to rescue March.

The hosts were 2-0 up by half-time but March came out stronger in the second half and pulled one back when Ben Wright scored from a penalty corner.

But a decisive third Cambridge goal sealed the win.

Matthew Lynn made some excellent saves in the March goal.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MENS LEAGUE

DIVISION SIX NORTH WEST

St Neots IV 2 March IV 6

MARCH were ahead after 15 minutes with a goal from Grant Brownlow.

Within seven minutes it was 2-0 as Tom Nickalls found the net, and March's first-half superiority was confirmed when Brownlow nailed his second goal before half-time.

Within three minutes of the restart, a well-worked penalty corner routine saw Toby Sutton strike a superb shot past the keeper.

Saints came back with a consolation goal but almost immediately, Nickalls restored March's four-goal advantage.

A superb strike from Sutton confirmed March's victory, but in the dying minutes, St Neots managed to beat keeper Toby Odlin.

Defender Matthew Webster was March's man of the match.

NE14 HOCKEY EAST MENS LEAGUE

DIVISION SEVEN NORTH WEST

March Town V 1 St Neots V 1

MARCH'S Simon Laws found the net early on to take the lead. Playing only their second competitive game of the season, the young March squad gelled well, and helped produce a very entertaining first half.

In the second half St Neots scored to set up a thrilling remainder of the match. Keeper Scott Bamford and his defence were responsible for ensuring that there were no further goals for the visitors. Ross Ambler gained the player of the match award.

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