March Town’s hopes of a second successive promotion floundered when they failed to win their two weekend fixtures in Division One.
On Saturday they could only draw 2-2 at Upminster (David Hodson, Ash Welland), scoring within the last minute to pick up the one point.
In their final game of the season on Sunday March secured a 7-3 win (David Haselgrave, Matt Lakey, Joel Gilmour, Rob Mitchell 2 and Welland 2) against Bedford 2nds to put them second in the table but only on goal difference.
Broxbourne who have the same number of points still have one game to play this weekend while Peterborough 3rds could also overhaul March in their final game.
March captain James Mansfield said: “I am delighted with the team’s performance over the season, even with the promotion fate now out of their hands.”
March 2nds 3, Boston 3
March started with 10 men and soon came under pressure with two early goals from Boston.
After a stirring half-time team talk from Matthew Lynn and the addition of an 11th player, March started the second half well. Goals from Haselgrave and Toby Fox made it 2-2, with Ryan Wright taking March into the lead.
However with minutes left in the game a series of short corners were awarded to the home side and they drew level.
March 3rds 4, Louth 2
March sealed promotion with this win against another team looking to be promoted.
Louth started the stronger going 2-0 up with the first 10 minutes but March soon found a goal through Dan Shirley.
After half-time March started to play better hockey and moved the ball around well with a penalty corner falling to Toby Fox to finish.
Both sides continued with end to end hockey with March keeper Scott Bamford providing some good saves. Haselgrave and Stu Fox scored two further goals for March to seal the win and man of the match was Scott Bamford.