March Bears 17, St Neots 12
IT was not a classic performance, but a win was achieved through hard work.
From the kick off March had St Neots under pressure, only for the visitors to concede a penalty, which Matty Day competently converted to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
Some good play came from the backs, with veteran centre Jamie Kersh having another outstanding game, but the visitors defence stood firm.
March further increased their lead when St Neots booted the ball into the Bears’ 22 metre area. The ball was collected by centre Shaun Saxby who kicked a classic up and under, chased the ball and a powerful tackle knocked the ball out of the visiting winger’s hands.
Good support play from winger youngster Aaron Connor picked up the loose ball and sprinted in for his first try for the club, Day converted to increase their lead to 10-0.
A period of indiscipline from March Bears allowed St Neots to touch down for a converted try to reduce the score to 10-7.
The second half saw silly mistakes giving a lot of possession away to the visitors, as flanker Jonathan Beavis stopped a certain try with a powerful tackle.
This spurred the Bears on and powerful runs from the forwards and backs, plus quick recycling of the ball, enabled Day to split open the St Neots defence to touch down for a try which he converted to give March a 17-7 lead.
With ten minutes to go St Neots’ pack pushed March back to eventually score a hotly disputed converted try (17-12), to set up a frantic last few minutes. Next game is home to Shelford.