March Bears 6,
Ely Development 0
MARCH Bears had been working hard at training, knowing that the game on Saturday would be a major benchmark for their season, against a side that had crushed them 87-3 early in the season.
Performances have dramatically improved in previous matches, but positive results have evaded them.
With 22 players available the coaches were able to field a strong starting XV and perhaps cause an upset in the Greene King Super Deuxieme Nord Merit Table.
The Bears started strongly, sticking rigidly to their game plan. Opening exchanges had the Bears controlling the game, denying Ely any space for them to get any rhythm into their game.
Ely conceded several penalties which allowed centre Lee Brooks to take on the Ely defence, who had no answer to his powerful bludgeon run, with defenders tackles failing to stop him. Indiscipline from Ely cost them three points as stand off Matty Day slotted over the resulting penalty.
March failed to capitalise further on their early dominance, two more penalty attempts failed, one coming off the posts, but a few minutes before half time Matty Day, kicked a well taking penalty in windy conditions to give the Bears a 6-0 half time lead.
Bears continued with their forwards working tirelessly for each other in the second half, denying any constructed ball for Ely to work with, any ball they did have they came up against a brick wall of a defence.
Ely just could not find a way through as powerful defensive tackling frustrated them, and indiscipline started to creep into their game, but the boot of Matty Day kept kicking the resulting penalties down field.
In the closing stages, Ely capitalised on some poor discipline from the March side, and came very close to stealing the game from March.
Skipper Aaron Boxall said: “It was our best performance of our season and I would find it difficult to pick a man of the match, but youngster Josh Rose showed maturity above his years with an outstanding performance”
Coach Richard Horne added: “Ely never looked like penetrating out defence and all our players committed themselves and they never gave up.”
Club president Barry Feetham said: “The club has had a few years of decline, but hopefully now we can continue with a positive attitude, and move forward.
“We have a great group of players, who work hard on the pitch for each other and I was very proud of their performance today.”
The reinvigorated Bears travel to third-placed Cambourne Exiles for their next fixture.