Away to Cambourne
Eastern Counties 3 west
March 17 v Cambourne Exiles 15
March traveled to Cambourne for top of the table clash, which The Bears knew would be a tough fixture.
Within the first 30 seconds of the kick off Cambourne won the ball at a ruck spun the ball out wide to touch down in the corner for an unconverted try,
March were trying to gain a foot hold in the game, but the next ten minutes Cambourne pressurized the March defense causing March to concede several penalty’s. The home side capitalized and ran in their second unconverted try of the match to go 10-0 up.
The Bears started to get their game together and forced Cambourne on the back foot, desperate defending stopped The Bears from scoring with time running out for the first half a quick taken penalty by prop Jimmy Rowland's quick turn of pace found the home defense disorganized as he power over for an unconverted try to reduce Camborne’s lead 10-5 as the half time whistle went.
A half time lecture from skipper Simon Althoff appeared to lift “The Bears” as from the restart they had Cambourne camped in their own 22 area, quick ball out to center Tom Swann powered over for a try which he converted to give “The Bears” the lead 12-10 for the first time in the Match.
Marches pressure paid off again and flanker Harry Wilson went over for Marches third try not converted 17-10, Cambourne started to work their way back into the game, poor discipline at the break down cost The Bears as Cambourne touched down for another unconverted try to reduce the visitors lead 17-15.
The last ten minutes was “backs to the wall” as Cambourne laid siege to “The Bears” defense, time after time March drove the home side away from the try line, second row Ben Howells picked the ball up from the back of a ruck, and set off on a storming 40 yard run to ease the pressure on Marches defense, a miss timed pass enabled Cambourne to run the ball straight back.
March conceded a couple of silly penalty’s with no time left on the clock Cambourne decided to take the penalty kick at the post, lady luck was looking down on “The Bears” as the kick just fell short and Mach quickly put the ball out of play to win the game.
Overall performance Cambourne were just unfortunate not to win, they had more possession and territory then March, The Bears shown a lot of grit and character, they dug deep as a group of players, to grind out a hard earned win.
March are still looking for players to add to their player base, training is Wednesday evening from 6.45pm.