Drummond double as Saints hit six
Men s East Hockey League Division 2N St Ives 6 March Town 0 SAINTS recorded a 13th successive league win against rock-bottom March, dominating the match from the start. The home side scored three times in each half as they continued their quest for promot
Men's East Hockey League Division 2N
St Ives 6 March Town 0
SAINTS recorded a 13th successive league win against rock-bottom March, dominating the match from the start.
The home side scored three times in each half as they continued their quest for promotion.
Alex Drummond opened their account via a deflected shot and with penalty corners coming thick and fast it was Paul Swannell who doubled, then tripled, the lead.
After the break March produced some good hockey to match the home side for a brief period.
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Good work from Mark Clinton and Andy Land kept the visitors in check and allowed the Saints to retain their three-goal advantage.
After the initial surge by the visitors it was back to normal service with Matt Pluke and Chris Duncan giving the forwards good opportunities.
Joe Brennan and Derrick Pope both scored with excellent low shots and a well-worked team goal was finished by Drummond who was then denied his hat-trick by the crossbar.
With the final whistle looming St Ives closed out the game to take all three points and another clean sheet ahead of next week's trip to mid-table Spalding.
St Ives II made the long journey to Alford in Lincolnshire in what was to prove a fruitless experience.
The slick-moving hosts caused problems all afternoon and took an early lead.
The St Ives midfield pairing of James Aubrey and Pete Brennan worked tirelessly to give the visitors hope and Simon Bollom grabbed an equaliser for the Saints before the break.
Alford restored their lead early in the second period and netted number three soon afterwards.
The Saints enjoyed a passage of play when they gained several penalty corners and had other chance to reduce the arrears, but opportunities were wasted and the score remained a 3-1 at the final whistle.
Goals from James Cahill and Phil Yetzes saw St Ives III take the honours against Spalding II with a 2-1 win, while St Ives IV went down by the same score to Deeping III despite a Mike Jenner strike. Saints V lost 5-0 at Spalding III.
* St Neots avoided defeat for the first time since December with a 3-3 draw at Bourne. Simba Chigwada, Darren Coles and Allan Knox scored the goals.