Victory for March men

PUBLISHED: 13:23 02 March 2007 | UPDATED: 22:37 28 May 2010

March I keeper Joe Bennett makes an important save to keep out Peterborough III during Saturday’s 1-1 draw – 8062

March I keeper Joe Bennett makes an important save to keep out Peterborough III during Saturday’s 1-1 draw – 8062

If there is one form side at the moment it is the men s third team, who recorded another victory on Saturday. The 3-1 home win over Newmarket I means that fifth-place March have lost only one of their last 10 outings in East Men s Division Five – an impre

Saturday’s match between March I, playing in yellow, and Peterborough III was in the balance until the final whistle - Pics: Brian Purdy 7996

If there is one form side at the moment it is the men's third team, who recorded another victory on Saturday.

The 3-1 home win over Newmarket I means that fifth-place March have lost only one of their last 10 outings in East Men's Division Five - an impressive run that has put them in with a shout of promotion.

Newmarket opened the scoring but after Lewis Hilliard levelled the scores before the break, it was one-way traffic.

Superb second-half hockey from March was rewarded by two goals from Tom Nickalls and Nick King in the final 10 minutes.

March I avenged defeat to Peterborough III earlier in the season when a last-minute goal from Jody Betts earned them a point in Division Two North.

Peterborough's first-half goal appeared to have earned them the win but March came back strongly after the break, and player of the match Matt Bamford, James Mansfield and Rob Mitchell began to stamp their authority on the game.

And, in the final minute, a penalty corner was smashed home by the March skipper to earn a deserved point.

March II's erratic form and relegation worries continue following their 7-1 defeat at Bourne II in Division Three.

A goal from March player of the match Andy Bull kept the visitors in the game at 2-1 down going into the break.

But the second half proved a disaster for March, who conceded four quickfire goals that put the match beyond them before Bourne scored a late seventh.

March IV were a little unlucky to be pegged back by a late equaliser in their Division Six match at home to high-fliers Market Deeping III.

The March team have put in some good performances recently but got off to a poor start, conceding two goals in the first 10 minutes.

Ian Winter reduced the arrears in the first half and the home side went on to put in a much-improved display after the break.

Superb saves from player of the match Toby Odlin gave March the chance to push forward and goals from Matt Wallis and Andrew Wright put the home side 3-2 up with only 10 minutes remaining.

But Market Deeping hit back and scrambled a late goal to share the points.

A superb hat-trick from Simon Laws kept a young March V team in their Division Seven game at Bourne IV.

The home side ran riot in the opening seven minutes and opened up a 3-0 lead. Laws' first goal was countered by Bourne's fourth but Laws completed his hat-trick to put March right back in it.

However, the home side's experience told after the break and three unanswered goals gave them victory.

Nevertheless, March can look back on fine debuts from 12-year-olds Ashley Impey and David Haslegrave, who shared the player of the match award.

Lincoln I, league leaders in East League Division Two North, recovered from last week's surprise defeat to thrash March Ladies I 7-1.

The visitors were on top from the start and their pressure led to two goals in the first half.

Lincoln continued the onslaught and were 5-0 ahead before Shereen Hutton scored a consolation for March. Home keeper Julie Ingham did her best to keep out the visitors but they scored two more to complete the rout.


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