March’s maximum haul in double-header

Hockey action March Town 1 v Upminster 1 'Rob Mitchell
Hockey action March Town 1 v Upminster 1 'Rob Mitchell
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March Town returned to action with a double-header over the weekend and picked up six points with wins against City of Peterborough and Broxbourne.

March Town 1st 3,

City of Peterborough 3rd 2

March began the stronger of the two sides with some slick passing and moving.

A well worked move saw a short corner won and Ed Batt put a capital C on composure as he rounded the first runner and buried a shot into the bottom left hand corner of the goal to put March 1-0 up.

Peterborough pulled a goal back moments before half-time, much against the run of play.

After a seemingly ferocious half-time team talk, Peterborough came out in the ascendency and duly got themselves in front with a drag flick that keeper Simon Coe was disappointed not to keep out.

This spurred the March boys on and good work on the right wing from Rob Mitchell allowed Grant Gilmour to slot in from close range.

The last few minutes became very nail biting with both sides having numerous short corners, but it was March that took their chance and Joel Gilmour rifled a drag flick howitzer in off a Peterborough defender’s shoulder to seal the win for March.

Broxbourne 3,

March Town 1st 6

March had their tails up going into this game knowing that a win would help them climb the table.

Joel Gilmour gave them the lead when another drag flick was despatched high towards the roof of the net and deflected again off a defender.

March then seemingly capitulated and with some schoolboy tackling allowed Broxbourne a flurry of short corners, from which they scored three goals to blow March away in a 10-minute spell before half-time.

Ed Batt was moved from left wing to left back in an attempt to shore up the back line and with Adam Graham and Mat Bamford performing solidly from there on in, the rot was stopped and the half-time whistle blew.

Skipper Mansfield rifled some choice words towards the team, which seemed to have the desired effect when a ball fizzed into the D towards Mitchell and his deft touch sent the ball flying into the roof of the goal.

Grant Gilmour then almost saw his name on the scoresheet but his shot was deflected into the goal by poacher David Hodson.

With the scores at 3-3 March were dealt a blow when Batt received his first yellow card of the season for what looked like an innocuous diving challenge. Being down to 10 men was not a deterrent and March went on to take the lead when James Mansfield took a quick free hit and found Mitchell in the circle who deflected past the keeper again.

No sooner had Batt returned to the field, Adam Graham was sent off.

March extended their lead with a goal from Matt Lakey, who capped an impressive performance, but were again down to 10 when Scott Welcher was sent off for not giving an opponent five yards from a free hit. It was the numerical disadvantage that again saw March score with Grant Gilmour eventually getting his goal with a comfortable finish at the far post.

A fantastic performance and sees March taking a bucket load of confidence into this week’s trip to lowly Ipswich.

St Neots 2nd 2, March 2nd 4

March started to get control of the ball on a rather testing surface.

The ball was worked down the right hand side and finally pulled back for Stu Mills to open the scoring on the back post.

March extended their lead through Nick King before St Neots pulled one back before half-time to add doubt over the result.

The second half started with both teams creating chances, however March scored a third with Dan Shirley squeezing a powerful shot between the keeper’s thighs. St Neots took advantage of some sloppy defending to score their second and applied further pressure in the last ten minutes to create some doubt, until a break away goal was slotted home from Matt Wallace to finish the game. Man of the match was shared by Simon Welland and Dan Shirley.

March 3rds 3, Ely 3rd 3

An action packed first half resulted in goals for March from Ryan Wright, James Fisher and Dan Woods.

Ely also notched twice for a scoreline of 3-2 at the break. The second half continued to provide a tight game and March couldn’t hold onto the lead with Ely scoring an equaliser.

St Ives 5th 1, March Town 4th 2

St Ives gained the lead after 20 minutes gone through a scrappy goal.

March responded by changing formation and line up with John Wood replaced by Neil Liversedge. The change bore fruit when a slick move from Dan Wallace down the right wing found Liversedge who hit March’s equaliser.

With 10 minutes to go the two combined again and a deft pass from Woods found Richard Kitson to net March’s winner.