Betts spurs March on to maintain top spot

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March Town 1st 3,

Cambridge University 3rds 1

March consolidated their lead at the top of the table in EML Div 2N with a very good win.

However the game started with the University side enjoying most of the possession. March found the first half frustrating with petty, idiosyncratic decisions from both umpires going against them.

Stand in skipper Jody Betts’ half-time team talk spurred on the team and it was Betts himself who provided something quite precious.

With a vigorous and penetrative run into the D he unleashed a reverse stick shot into the net.

Ashley Welland then provided the brilliance with an exquisite and accurate pass that found an unmarked Jacob Fraser who slotted home.

Against the run of play the University pulled one back on the counter attack but to no avail. Ed Batt’s unselfishness in front of goal set up Rob Mitchell, who continues his effervescent scoring form.

A hard fought win keeps March at the top with five games to play. Man of the match was Ed Batt with his ‘body on the line’ performance in the centre of midfield.

March Town 3rds 5,

Wisbech Town 4ths 4

These two sides fought out a 1-1 draw at Wisbech earlier in the season and this proved just as close.

March took an early lead with a goal by Ben Wright and he then doubled the lead before Gary Freear pulled one back for the Wisbech side.

March put Wisbech under pressure and Charlie Boughton soon made it 3-1, but before half-time Wisbech pulled it back to 3-2.

Wright completed his hat-trick soon after the restart to restore the two-goal advantage but midway into the half Brian Fox received a straight red card.

Down to 10 men, March conceded two quick goals to set up a tense final 10 minutes.

However it was the 10 men who held fast and enabled Wright to score his fourth giving March a very hard fought win.