CHATTERIS Town pulled off their second win for new manager Julian Young with a 2-1 victory at home to Hardwick on Saturday to ease four points away from the bottom two in the Cambs Premier Division table.
But Young’s side left it very late to make sure of the three points with Tony Brown’s winner coming in the 89th minute.
The Lilies did not have the best of starts when they went 1-0 down after just three minutes. They lost the ball in midfield and then from a corner a Hardwick player was allowed a free header at the near post to score.
Five minutes later Chatteris were back on level terms when a Stuart Porter pass gave Alex Ashley space and he crossed for Richie Allen to score from close range.
Hardwick were reduced to 10 men after 67 minutes when a player received a second yellow card. Chatteris hit the bar and certainly put the pressure on for the winner but it just did not look like coming. After 88 minutes a Hugh Stewart free kick gave Jack Saunders a shooting chance but he delayed his strike and the chance was gone.
A minute later a free kick in the same spot was put into the area this time by Stewart and Brown rose above everyone to head home.
A jubilant Young said: “To be fair I think we just edged it. Our keeper had little to do while their keeper made three good saves. The three points has left me in a very good mood.
“We really should have won our previous game but we got the three points this time and I was delighted with the way the lads dug deep and kept going for the winner.”
Wisbech St Mary are already in the William Coad Cup final, but their bid for another final failed in the William Cockell Cup with a surprise 3-1 defeat at Debden.
Saints were missing Ricky Boden, Chris Macaree, Stu Ablett, Wayne Morton and James Mockford and to add to their problems were 2-0 down after 10 minutes.
Ricky Gunns made it 2-1 with a header but Debden added a third goal before the break. Saints dominated the second half but just could not find a way through with Gunns, Joe Whybourn and Aaron McKenna all going close.
Manager Aaron Duke said: “It was a disappointing display and we never really got going. We can now concentrate on the league fixtures and move forward.”
Wimblington lost 2-0 at Cherry Hinton with manager Dean Stacy questioning his players’ commitment after struggling to field a team. They are just two points above the relegation zone but do have games in hand.
Bottom club Wisbech Town Reserves lost 2-1 at home to Great Paxton and are nine points adrift of the team above them.
Outwell Swifts’ good run of results since Mark Secker took charge continued with a 4-3 win against bottom side Lakenheath Reserves in Senior B but there is still some work to do if they are avoid relegation.
Outwell led with a goal from the returning Samuel Norman, but missed various chances to kill the game off.
In the second half Outwell conceded early but then the team turned on a great 20 minute spell to lead 4-1 with goals from Ben Bothamley, Mark Secker and James Parker. They then conceded two sloppy goals but the result was never in doubt.
Secker said: “We outplayed a very poor side but should have won by double figures, but I am happy with the performances from centre half James Parker who played through the pain barrier for 60 minutes and Dean Jimson who showed what a class striker he can be when his mind is on the game.
“Hopefully next week we should have potential new signing Darren Hurst from Wisbech St Mary in the squad to help the defence.”
In Division 1B March Town Reserves made it three wins and a draw in their last four games when they beat second placed Earith United 3-2. Vince Edwards grabbed two of the goals.
Chatteris Town Reserves remain second from bottom with a 5-0 defeat by Littleport Reserves.
Manea’s hopes of winning Division 2B took a severe setback when beaten 4-3 at home by mid-table Over Sports Reserves.
James Waters’ side still remain top but Witchford and Doddington are just one point behind with two games in hand.
Doddington had a comfortable 3-0 win against Bluntisham Reserves with goals from James Harness, Gary Smith and a third from substitute Seve Revell making his first appearance since breaking his arm.
Doddington are at Witchford next week and a win would put them in with a very good chance of taking the title. It is Witchford’s last home game as their last five games are all away.
Doddington manager Steve Bedford said: “It was a comfortable win and another three points.
“It is a big game for us against Witchford but they do have a harder run-in than us and all we have to do now is just keep winning.”
Chatteris A called off their Division 4B game when they could not raise a side against Elsworth.
In Division 5D Upwell had a 2-0 win against Manea Reserves. Goals from Andy McClagish and Scott Wright secured a second win on the bounce.
Coldham are still in the title chase after beating Walsoken 7-0.
Elliot Vanhinbergh weighed in with four goals and further goals came from Lewis Greening, Kevin Smith and Tom Brazil completed the rout.
With four games remaining Coldham are still in the hunt for promotion.
Division 3B: Wimblington Res 3, Barton Mills 0; WSM A 3, Fordham 1.
Division 4B: Benwick 5, Wicken 1; Milton 1, WSM B 5.
Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tigers 3, WSM C 1; Estover Park Res 0, Doddington Res 3, March Rangers Res 4, Northend 0; Wimblington A 3, Mepal Res 3.