Table-topping March in seventh heaven

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Market Deeping 1st 1, March 1st 7

A second hat-trick in two weeks from Rob Mitchell opened the flood gates again. The first goal came from classic wing play by Mitchell and Matt Wallis was on hand as always to direct the ball high into the net past the helpless keeper.

Mitchell provider turned scorer with a training ground short corner routine at the far post to make it 2-0. In the second half March relaxed into the game and the pace of attack gave Deeping no chance.

Two further goals from Mitchell put the game out of reach and the match was sealed when Ash Welland scored his 15th of the season with some sublime skill turning the keeper inside out and tucking it between his legs.

Ed Batt smashed a short corner into the net from the top of the circle from anther well worked short corner.

Mansfield neatly slotted the seventh into the bottom corner.

Six wins out of six keeps them firmly at the top of the league. March would welcome support in their home game thist week at the Neale Wade school at 2.30. Man of the match was Mitchell with another fine performance.

n March 2nds went down 5-1 to Rutland

Market Deeping 3rds 0, March 3rds 4

March travelled with only 10 players and started the better of the two sides,

Dan Shirley opening the scoring after twenty minutes. March were 2-0 up early in the second half through Toby Fox before man of the match Shirley added his second and Ben Wright converted to give March a deserved victory.

Ely City 4ths 4, March 4ths 8

March also travelled with 10 players to find Ely down to nine. Craig Brand started as kicking back for March and the scores were level at 4-4 at half time.

By this time Ely were up to full strength and March had their regular goalkeeper back. in the second half March added four more goals without conceding. Goalscorers were Paul Wing 4, Dan Wallis 2, Steve Birt and Andy Bull.

Norwich City 2, Long Sutton 1

Long Sutton gave a much more creditable performance but were unable to overcome high flying Norwich in this Premier B encounter on Saturday.

Sutton opened well and began moving the ball around better than of recent weeks as both teams threatened the circle without any clear cut chances and the half ended goalless with the visitors struggling to keep their discipline after some interesting umpiring decisions.

The second half opened with Norwich playing with the confidence expected of team near the top of the table, and when Sutton were unable to clear a corner it eventually fell to a Norwich forward who unleashed an unstoppable shot off the crossbar.

Sutton’s defence were unable to stop Norwich adding to their lead as they scored a good goal at the back post. The away team pulled a goal back when Ash Taylor found Nick Ellis on the right wing and he in turn crossed for Nick Bailey to roll back the years with a stunning deflection. Sutton continued to push forward and were denied by a good home defence.

Sutton entertain Harpenden in a crucial home game on Saturday but must realise that if they can continue to display the commitment of this game it is still possible to drag themselves up the league.

Long Sutton Ladies 1st 2, Louth 3

THE first half saw Sutton doing very well in attack and stringing together some lovely passing sequences, but they let Louth break away and before they knew it they were 3- 0 down.

With a fantastic half-time team talk, Long Sutton came out the stronger team, closing down Louth at every available point.

This team work allowed Sutton to make it 3-2 with Lisa Baker and Ali Hobson scoring, but they failed to get the vital third goal.

Player of the match was Sally Cade for some fantastic defensive work.