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Rugby: depleted March Bears rue red card at St Neots Heathens

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St Neots Heathens 31 March Bears 29

March travelled with a much depleted side and mustered the bare 15 players and a sub and also including several veteran age players.

But for 63 minutes March held the upper hand but with their opponents able to use five subs, tired legs plus an unnecessary red card proved to be their undoing in the end March were one unconverted try up after 11 minutes with Smith finishing off a good backs move.

March Bears at St Neots Heathens 1.20 lineout (27730913)
March Bears at St Neots Heathens 1.20 lineout (27730913)

Next came Porter kicking through and gathering to make it 10-nil after 25 minutes.

St Neots’ no 1, who was a driving force all afternoon, went over under the posts followed by a second try by their backs which was converted to take the home side up 12-10.

Then on the stroke of the half time came the try of the afternoon with Brooks gathering behind his own line and then putting in an excellent clearing kick which Smith followed up and went over under the posts in what was a 100 yard-plus try (half-time St.Neots 12 March 17).

March Bears at St Neots Heathens 1.20 scrum (27730902)
March Bears at St Neots Heathens 1.20 scrum (27730902)

However directly after half-time St.Neots made their best move of the afternoon with all the backs involved going over for an unconverted try to level the score.

But again March came back with an impressive scrum turnover and Smith went over the complete his hat-trick.

However in the 63rd minute Aspinwall was sent off for serious foul play and from then on March were hanging on and tiring.

For the next 15 minutes they did just that but after a series of penalties St Neots went over for their next converted try in the 67th minute followed by another try two minutes later when their second row powered over the line.

It didn’t look possible that the score would be added to with the referee indicating 30 seconds left to play but Brooks took a cheeky quick kick off with Porter being fed in to go over in the corner followed by enormous drop kick conversion from Brooks.

However that proved to be the last kick of the game with March going down by the slenderest of margins, one conversion the difference between the teams.

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