CHATTERIS TOWN finally ended their run of 17 games without a win with a 3-2 victory against Foxton at West Street on Saturday.
New manager Julian Young was taking charge for only the third game and the win was very much on the cards after a 0-0 draw at Littleport the previous week. They are now out of the bottom two if only on goal difference.
The Lilies got off to a perfect start with a very good early goal involving Dean Saunders and Richie Allen who pulled the ball back for Aaron Bailey, on his return, to put the ball into the net.
Although the Chatteris defence earned the plaudits for the clean sheet the previous week it was an individual error that led to the equaliser.
But before half-time Allen was taken out by the Foxton goalkeeper outside the area. The keeper escaped any sort of card but Bailey struck a beautiful free kick round the wall into the net to put the home side back in front.
But just before the break Foxton hit back again when the Chatteris defence did not head clear and goalkeeper Ellis Lancaster reacted too slowly and the ball was in the net.
Jamie Taylor went off after the interval and was replaced by Alex Ashley and soon after Young had to come on to replace Scott Codger for the last 25 minutes.
With eight minutes left Ashley popped up with the winner to bring a remarkable run to an end.
Young said: “Again I have had a fantastic reaction from the players. They have worked hard and kept a good shape and we have got a deserved win.
“After our excellent defending a week earlier we have given them two goals with errors rather than Foxton undoing us which was the only disappointment.
“Tony Brown was not available but 18-year-old Jake Cotton has come in alongside Stu Porter in defence and did very well. We also had Andy Moye at full back and his experience and verbal encouragement was very good too.
“The plan was to make us hard to beat and I think that is what clubs will find from now on starting with Waterbeach away next week.”
Another team to halt an unbeaten run was March Town Reserves in Division 1B also winning 3-2 against Waterbeach reserves.
Shaun White gave March the lead with a free kick from the edge of the area but then Waterbeach swept into a 2-1 lead before Andy Bryan missed a penalty.
Bryan made amends for the miss after the break when scoring with a header.
White added a third March goal and his second to make the points safe.\
Manager Phil White said: “We did not play so well in the first half but after a few words at the break we were a lot better and deserved the win.
“Hopefully we can go on an unbeaten run to get us up the table.”
Wimblington had beaten Wisbech Town Reserves 2-0 in midweek with goals from Paul Shafer and Jody Day but slumped to a 5-1 defeat at Castle Camps on Saturday in Senior A.
Wisbech Town Reserves face a difficult task to escape relegation after losing 2-1 at home to Soham Town Reserves and are now eight points adrift at the foot of the table.
At the top of the table second placed Wisbech St Mary had a crushing 5-0 win against Girton.
Chris Macaree gave them a 1-0 lead at the break and then Rick Bowden and Stuart Brown soon made it 3-0 in the second half.
Wayne Morton then took over scoring two goals including firing a 35-yard screamer into the net.
Manager Aaron Duke said: “We are looking a lot more settled and the additions of Aaron McKenna and Adam Wright plus the return of Stu Ablett and Wayne Morton was a massive boost.”
In Senior B Outwell Swifts’ new manager Mark Secker tasted defeat for the first time when losing 4-2 to Duxford.
They led 2-0 with Josh Bottamley and Ben Jimson goals but Duxford drew level at 2-2 before the the normally reliable captain Jimson cost Outwell as he decided to go head to head with an opponent and the referee sent him off.
Duxford then scored two poorly defended goals to win 4-2.
Secker said: “We showed a lack of effort and were generally poor. Ben’s red card did cost us and the only thing good to come out of the game was centre half James Parker’s attitude and performance.”
Division 2B leaders Manea United remain six points clear after a very good 3-2 win at sixth placed Sutton United. Danny Waite scored twice and Kevin Goude was also on target.
Doddington, seven points behind but with two games in hand, were 4-0 winners against bottom side Tydd United.
Upwell were well below par this week crashing to a 7-1 defeat against Chatteris Fen Tigers. Manager Karl Schultz said: “It’s disappointing to see this kind of performance after the lads had shown some real signs of improvement in the last few months.”
Upwell scorer was Scott Wright.
Division 3B: Little Downham 2, Estover Park 2; Wimblington Res 2, Fordham 3.
Division 4B: Elsworth 2, Benwick 1; Longstanton Res 7, WSM B 3; Soham United Res 3, Chatteris A 0.
Division 5D: Coldham 1, Mepal 1; Estover Park Res 4, March Rangers Res 3; Outwell Swifts Res 1, Northend 6; Wimblington A 1, Doddington Res 4.