Young March Bears side brave in defeat against Ely
March Bears fell to defeat against Ely in their last run-out before Christmas.
Ely fielded a side with players from their 1st and 2nd squads, with the Bears combining some up-and-coming youngsters with other older heads.
And the bigger Ely side got off to the stronger start, scoring a converted try in the ninth minute after pushing March back from their own set scrum.
Ten minutes later, Ely went over for a second try with a beautifully worked diagonal movement between their two centres.
The try was again converted, taking the score to 14-0 in Ely’s favour as the first period reached the halfway point.
March fought back, and five minutes before half time Brooke dinked a kick over the Ely back line and followed up with a kick through and drop over the ball to score.
Howat then converted, bringing the score back to 7-14.
Ely hadn't finished, however, and a well taken long drop goal went over the posts via their number 15 to extend their advantage again to 7-17.
As the second half got under way, March's young heads began to tire against their more experienced opponents.
The away side pressed home their advantage and scored three tries in under ten minutes to put the Bears to bed.
Two of them were converted, taking the score to 36-7.
March fought valiantly, and were able to pull some points back after a scrum drive and pick up saw Deacon go over for a second try - which was unfortunately not converted.
Ely had the last say with the last move of the match, with a try from their centre from a five-metre penalty ending proceedings.
The final scoreline was 53-12 to the travelling side.
The Bears can take confidence from the way their young players continually fought back against a tough opponent, and now look forward to the new year.