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March Bears beat St Neots at Elm Road in an early season clash

March Bears welcomed St Neots to Elm road for the first round of league matches in the 2021/22 Eastern Counties League season.

Prior to the game kicking off, the match ball was presented to captain Ben Brook and head coach Jimmy Rowlands by the main shirt sponsor John Savage (Savage Haulage).

March fielded a very strong squad, blending returning and new players to the team.

March Bears vs St Neots (51909717)
March Bears vs St Neots (51909717)

Despite the atrocious conditions, the hosts tried to play an expansive game but were hampered by the elements as the first half progressed.

Brookes opened the scoring after seven minutes, breaking the line and running in from 60 meters.

The conversion was taken into the wind and scored by Howart.

March Bears vs St Neots (51909696)
March Bears vs St Neots (51909696)

The rest of the first half was marred by the weather, causing a stalemate; the only highlight was March's dominance in the scrum.

On the 37-minute mark and against the run of play, St Neots were awarded a five-meter penalty which was crashed over the line and converted - leaving the score at 7-7 at half time.

The second half started with March having the wind and rain at their backs. The pack, using its strength in depth from the bench, dominated in the loose and managed to drive the opposition down the pitch with well-formed driving mauls.

25 minutes into the second half, one of these mauls was pulled down illegally by St Neots.

March took the initiative from the ensuing penalty, with a pre-planned backs move using the full back line seeing Brooks find his way over the line to score his second.

March continued to dominate the second half, going close to scoring on many occasions and only being thwarted by the dogged St Neots defence and the increasingly deteriorating conditions.

Seven minutes later, another fantastic backs move saw Cross score in the corner.

March closed out the game with some very committed defending , the game finishing with a score of 17-7.

March thank large numbers of supporters who showed their resilience and desire to support the team despite very inclement conditions.

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