March Town 3, Ely City 1
After last week’s lacklustre display March were back on form to clinch promotion from EML Div 2N with other results going their way.
They began well, zipping the ball about and moving well. Stand-in keeper Simon Coe was superb between the posts and Ed Batt and Ash Welland battled well.
The first goal came from a sublime pass from Rob Mitchell after a run and pass found Scott Welcher. Welcher, on his return to the side after six months’ tour of duty in Helmand, slotted in coolly.
The second goal came quickly after, Ash Welland rifled in a reverse stick effort that struck the keeper in the chest and Jody Betts was on hand to poach a classic goal on the rebound.
A flurry of yellow cards then followed. The first one for Mark Patrick after his advice for the umpire was not greatly received. The second came from a petulant decision to push the ball away after a whistle by David Hodson. Ely pulled a goal back from a short corner midway through the second half but this only spurred the boys on.
Hodson went from zero to hero in the space of ten minutes and smashed in the third goal from all of 12 inches. It was an emotional ending to a great season full of vigour and ardent emotion.
Cambridge City 5ths 4,
March Town 3rds 3
A fine performance from keeper and man of the match Scott Bamford could not prevent March going down by the odd goal in seven.
James Fountain put March 2-0 ahead in the first half, but a change of umpires at the break changed City’s fortunes. They pulled the scores level before Toby Odlin restored the March lead only for Cambridge to draw level again.
With five minutes remaining and with John Slater laying flat out in the D Cambridge were allowed to play on and scored what was to be the winning goal. All in all a much better performance by March and a special mention must go to David Woods, who had an impressive third team debut.