March keeping three teams

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MARCH Hockey Club will continue to run three men’s teams despite a shortage of players forcing them to concede a first team game on Saturday.

The club have been hit by nine first team squad players quitting since last season and on Saturday they had only six first team players for the game against Cambridge City.

Last season March just missed out on promotion from Division One, but this season has started with three defeats and 20 goals conceded. In 2011 they won the East Men’s League Division Two title.

March have lost three players Ed Batt, Ash Welland and former skipper James Mansfield to local rivals Wisbech Town, keeper Simon Coe has retired and brothers Grant and Joel Gilmour have gone to Ely.

Three others players have switched sports to play soccer. Rob Mitchell is with Estover Park and Scott Welcher and David Hodson are turning out for March Town.

The club held a meeting on Monday night to discuss the position with a possibility of sacrificing the third team, but chairman Neil Liversedge reported a really positive discussion.

He said: “We have had a commitment from the eight players left in the first team squad and we will continue to run three teams in the league. It may mean the third team will suffer on occasions, but it was the decision of the meeting to carry on as before.

“We would like to appeal to any former players or anyone new to the area to come along to training on Thursdays at Neale-Wade at 7.30pm or contact me on 07886-978329.”