Soft goals cost March

Hockey action March Town 1 v Upminster 1
Hockey action March Town 1 v Upminster 1
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March 1st 2, Cambs Nomads 4

March started the game confidently and looking the better side, with the return of the ever solid Richard West and work horse Scott Welcher.

Chances came early on, but the Nomads keeper stood firm. Eventually March pressure and fluid movement saw Ashley Welland play an exquisite pass in behind the defence to Rob Mitchell who continued his goalscoring form.

Nomads soon clawed their way back with a good short corner routine leaving keeper Coe no chance. Welcher then picked up the ball one on one, rounded the keeper to see his shot hit the body of a scrambling Nomad on the line.

The resulting penalty flick was dispatched confidently for the second week running by Welland. On the stroke of half time Nomads equalised to make it 2-2.

The second half saw March collapse and they conceded two soft goals and also saw Welland and Mitchell depart the pitch for ten minutes.

Captain James Mansfield and the team were disappointed and they must raise their game for next weekend at Waltham Forest.

March 2nds 3,

Long Sutton 2nds 3

March fielded a strong side and started the game strongly.

Charlie Boughton scored twice after good work from the March midfield. Long Sutton scored just before half time.

The second half commenced with March shifting the ball quickly from defence to the attacking by line with a series of passes. The ball was cut back for Jodi Betts to score one of the best goals of the season.

Long Sutton soon picked up their game and hit straight back scoring twice to leave the game 3-3. MoM: David Hazelgrave.

St Ives 4th 1, March 3rd 6

March started in fine form and Dan Woods and Toby Fox (mom) gave them a 2-1 lead at half-time.

After the break an early flick over the top from Ryan Wright found Jordan Hiliard and with some fine skill and a good strike he found the back of the net to make it 3-1. Fox added his second goal and Ben Wright made it 5-1 with a fine drag flick. Finally goal machine James Fountain scored his 19th goal of the season.

March 4th 2, St Neots 3rd 4

It was evident from the start that the game was going to be a difficult one for March, however the March defensive trio of Phil Christie, Mark Plitsch and Sam Shepherd, along with Gary Sandford held firm.

March did fall behind from a short corner but were unlucky not to equalise on several occasions with both David and John Woods bringing fine saves and Alex Kitson and Neal Holdsworth both had shots cleared off the line.

St Neots then went 3-1 up but March kept in touch when a goal scramble saw Jamie Sandford muscle the ball over the line, however St Neots scored again

Cambridge Nomads 2,

March Town Ladies 0

March may have lost this cup-tie but it was a moral victory after they had lost a league match earlier this year to Cambs Nomads 10-0.

The first half saw March under incessant pressure and after 28 minutes Cambs Nomads scored a scrappy goal. Just before the break Libby Willis shot just wide.

Five minutes into the second half Nomads scored a second goal.

PoM was goalkeeper Freya Coleman.