Waltham Forest 5, March 1st XI 3
March travelled the long journey to north east London for an 11.30 start on Saturday morning, missing five regular players.
This meant a first team debut call up for the young yet enthusiastic Matt Lakey at short notice against the second in the league side. March flew to a two goal lead with a short corner strike from Adam Graham and a sublime reverse stick strike from the top of the D from Ashley Welland. Unfortunately March hit the self destruct button and went in 2-2 at the break.
March by this time had lost their regular hat-trick hero David Hazelgrave as he turned his ankle meaning they were reduced to 10 players for much of the game. Then followed a rare mistake from keeper Simon Coe, who sprained his wrist turning a rocket strike from the forward into his own net.
March levelled when the unmarked left back Richard West converted a sublime David Hodson pass into the top corner.
The extra men of Waltham began to stretch March and two breakaway goals sunk March to a second defeat in successive weeks.
A big win at home to Ford on Saturday should leave them in a promising position going into the start of the return fixtures.
Newmarket 7, March 2nds 0
In a difficult selection week March fielded a side one player short versus top of the table Newmarket.
However they showed some stout defending and Matt Lynn in the March goal pulled off a string of fine saves. However being a man down started to take its toll with the home side creating more chances.
Next weekend March play at home vs Peterborough 5ths.
March Town 3rd 2,
City of Peterborough 7th 2
March Town and Peterborough started the game joint second in the league, and both teams played some fantastic end to end hockey with the score 0-0 at half time.
In the second half Peterborough started the strongest with a breakaway goal, and Peterborough went 2-0 up. James Fountain found the back of the net and March won a late penalty corner. Ryan Wright’s shot was stopped on the line by a Peterborough defender’s body. MoM Wright converted the penalty flick.
Next weekend March travel to Bourne Deeping 4th, push back 12.30.
March Town 4th 5,
Cambridge South 4th 2
The 4ths continue to be the father and son team, with dads Richard Kitson and John Woods playing with sons Alex and Piers, and the game was umpired by dad Len Wright and son Ryan.
In their last game before the Christmas break March went 2-0 down. March were playing good hockey and got a goal back just before half time when a strong cross from Jordan Hillard was deflected into the net by James Fountain.
In the second half Jamie Impey opened up the Cambridge South defence with effective passing, and found teenager David Woods who fired home a low flick to equalise.
March took the lead through a Neil Liversedge short corner, and the win was confirmed with further goals from Fountain and Impey.
Man-of-the-match Alex Kitson did everything but score.