JULIAN Young’s first game in charge could not end Chatteris Town’s run of 15 games without a win after a 3-2 defeat at Great Shelford in the Cambs Premier Division, but it left him with a lot of optimism.
Young saw enough from his young side that encourages him to believe that the Lilies can still avoid relegation this season.
He said: “The lads worked very hard and I certainly cannot complain about their performance. They listened and reacted to what was said before the game and carried out the instructions.
“The only real disappointment was the result because at 2-2 with 13 minutes to go I thought we deserved a point but Great Shelford came up with a winner.
“We struggled a bit with players and Aaron Bailey deserves credit for battling on with an ankle injury before having to come off at half-time and unfortunately I had to go on then.
“It was a very pleasing first game and we kept our shape well. I think if we can take this performance forward and improve a couple of technical things then I am sure we can stay in the Premier Division. We have 11 games to put things right.”
Bailey already has two-seven day approaches for Ridgeons League players and feels confident he will have new faces in the team for this week’s game at Littleport.
Chatteris went 1-0 down after six minutes but Richard Allen equalised four minutes later.
Great Shelford regained the lead but the Lilies battled back and were back on terms at 2-2 when Hugh Stewart’s shot was parried by the home keeper and Allen pounced for his second goal.
Wisbech St Mary had a very good 3-2 win against Milton in Senior A to remain in second spot.
Manager Aaron Duke has had a major reshuffle during the enforced break to resolve some troubles as they push towards the end of the season.
Goalkeeper Adam Wright has moved from Leverington and midfielder Matthew Prudence has arrived from Terrington with some players moving on.
Ricky Bowden gave Saints the lead with a solo goal, but Milton equalised before the break and took the lead soon after the interval.
But then the reliable Chris Macaree came up with two goals for three deserved points.
Duke said: “Adam Wright had a good debut and Matt Prudence was man of the match in centre midfield. It was a superb team performance with some great individual efforts too.”
Wimblington improved their hopes of escaping relegation with a 2-2 draw against third placed Debden.
Mark Secker made it two wins from two games since taking charge of Outwell Swifts with a 2-1 win at Saffron Crocus.
Outwell dominated possession in the second half but a defensive lapse gave Crocus the lead. A change in tactics saw Outwell rewarded with a 25-yard Secker free kick. and then a first team debut goal for Scott Gilham.
Secker said: “We battled very hard in awful conditions and a terrible pitch but the effort paid off. Joel Mattless and Ben Jimson had outstanding games.”
March Town Reserves suffered a 2-1 defeat against Buckden in Division 1B and manager Phil White says his team do not know how to win at the moment. Shaun White scored their goal.
Chatteris Town Reserves lost 2-1 at home to Earith United. Tydd United conceded the points for the second time this season when they arrived without the required number of players for their game at Bluntisham in Division 2B.
March Rangers lost 2-1 at home to Milton Reserves but WSM Reserves were 3-1 winners against Isleham.
Benwick are still in the Division 4B promotion race after a 2-0 win at Haddenham Res with Dayne Moore and Andy Woodard scoring.
In Division 5D bottom side Upwell were unfortunate to lose 2-1 to Wimblington A. Upwell’s goal came via an own goal after a quality cross from winger Matt Toms.
Coldham secured another three points in their push for promotion with a 4-0 win against March Rangers Reserves. Elliot Vanhinsbergh 2, Lewis Greening and Kevin Smith scored the goals.
Division 3B: Mepal 4, Estover Park 1.
Division 4B: Chatteris Town A 3, Milton A 3; WSM B 1, Soham United 5.
Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tigers 6, Doddington Res 1; Coldham 4, March Rangers 0 Res 0; Estover Park Res 7, Manea Res 2; Northend 0, Mepal Res 3.