“Blame me, not the players,” said Doddington manager Steve Bedford after the 6-3 Cambs League Division 2B loss at Witchford in the second versus third clash.
Doddington briefly equalised early on, but were 4-1 down at half-time after facing a strong wind and they were always chasing the game after that. James Harness bagged all three of Doddington’s goals.
Bedford said: “I think that is our first defeat since October, so it is not the end of the world. I probably got it tactically wrong at the start of the game.
“We were playing against a really strong wind, and they made it 4-1. I don’t blame the players; they gave everything and worked their socks off again, put it down to me.
“We’ve still got six games to go and we are still in with a chance of going up. Fair play to them, they deserved to win it.”
In the same division, James Boxall netted twice as March Rangers defeated Bluntisham Res 3-1. Also scoring was Thomas Denston. WSM Res edged out Tydd United 3-2, Shane Millar, Shaun Simpson and Gary Sutton on target for the hosts.
In Senior A, third place Wisbech St Mary lost 1-0 at fifth spot Castle Camps while Wimblington also narrowly lost at Soham Town Res 2-1.
Wimblington manager Dean Stacy commented: “It was a very good performance and we were really unlucky not to come away with anything.”
Wimblington hit the bar twice and had two efforts cleared off the line. After the break Alan Setchell equalised only for the home side to go in front once more.
Stacy added: “We still had chances and if we can perform like this more often we will win most games.”
Fourth from bottom Senior B side Outwell Swifts leapfrogged their visitors Saffron Crocus by beating them 4-0, as Lee Barrett 2, Ben Bothamley and Mark Secker were on target.
Manager Mark Secker said: “We didn’t have the best preparations with the signing of Darren Hurst not going through, the normally reliable James Parker letting down at the last minute and our captain Ben Jimson being suspended.
“Tom Hancock really impressed in the middle of midfield as did Dean Jimson as a makeshift centre half.
“We have one more game next weekend versus Fulbourne.”
In Division 1B Chatteris Town Reserves put up a good display against Bluntisham but lost to the only goal of the game at West Street.
In Division 3B Marcin Circla replied for Estover Park in their 4-1 loss at Hemingfords A. Jack Brand earned a point for Wisbech St Mary B in their Division 4B draw at Soham United Res.
Division 5D leaders Doddington Res beat their promotion rivals Chatteris Fen Tigers 2-1. Seve Revell and substitutes Mathew Costall got the vital strikes for the home team, who are five points at the top.
Estover Park Res triumphed 9-0 over Walsoken. Mark Bowkis 2, Steven Coe, Stuart Newton 2, Gareth Puleston and Karl Summersgill a hat-trick were involved in the goal feast.
Coldham manager Brian Symonds felt that his side did enough to win and they had two penalties claims turned down in the 1-1 draw at Mepal Res.
Elliot Vanhinsbergh and Lewis Greening both went close but Mepal scored first in the second half. Coldham got the equaliser through Greening from close range and moments later Vanhinsbergh hit the bar.
Upwell lost out 3-1 to March Rangers Reserves in a thrilling encounter. Upwell’s Reece Richmond levelled before March scored two goals to settle the game.
Division 3B: Wimblington Res 2, Stretham 4; WSM A 0, Brampton Res 2.
Division 4B: Fenstanton Res 2 Chatteris Town A 0.
Division 5D: Manea Res 9, Outwell Swifts Res 2; Wimblington A 2 Northend 5.