Norwich Dragons 3,
March 1sts 5
MARCH Town Firsts were crowned champions of EML Division 2N on Saturday in the last game of the season.
Having already secured promotion, en-route to Norwich March spirits were boosted when they found out that the current league leaders, Peterborough, had lost their morning game, meaning a win for March would see them promoted as champions.
This spirit was soon dented when March conceded two freak goals in the first 10 minutes. The deficit was reduced following a fine short corner finish from Rob Mitchell.
March began to play the scintillating fast hockey that they have showed all season.
A sublime pass from utility man Ed Batt in left midfield found Ashley Welland on the top of the circle who coolly bent the ball into the far corner.
Betts picked out Welland to bag his second of the match.
The second half continued in the same vein and the gap grew when David Hazelgrave ghosted into the circle to make it 4-2.
The fifth goal saw a moment of solo genius from centre forward Betts who got in behind the Norwich back line and smashed his strike from the top of the D into the far top corner of the goal.
Captain James Mansfield has led his side to the highest league position for any March Town Hockey Club team, and thanks everyone for their efforts this season. Thanks also to Crackling Creek Catering who supplied the team with champagne for the bus journey home.
Man of the match: Ashley Welland, who will also pick up the top goal scorer award for his 19 goals.
March Town 3rds 8,
Cambs Nomads 3rds 2
THIS final EML Div 5NW game of the season saw March finish fourth with a fine team performance.
James Fountain scored twice in the first half with Toby Fox, Simon Laws and Charlie Boughton making it five at the break.
In the second half on target were Laws, Boughton and Jake Miller in his first Thirds game of the season.
l EML Div 6NW (S) result: March Town 4ths 4, Bourne 3rds 7.
St Neots Ladies 3,
March Ladies 4
MARCH secured promotion with a late Libby Wallis goal.
They started very well with a goal inside 27 seconds from Laura Mitchell, the ball only being touched by three players.
St Neots started to attack but fine defending from Amy Seaton, Lorna Larham and Flick Allen stopped any shots.
March then won a succession of short corners, one of which was converted by Cath Fryett for the second goal. Despite some very good saves from Sherry Nielander, St. Neots scored to make it 2-1 at half time.
In the second half St. Neots scored two goals in quick succession, however with 20 minutes to go and the chance of promotion slipping, March responded excellently with a lovely run and goal from Wallis.
With excellent midfield work from Nicky Rosser, March attacked to score the winner with a lovely goal from Wallis.
Thanks to all the players throughout the season for their hard work.