CHATTERIS Town chairman Steve Bright has vowed to keep fighting for the club after a “very difficult week” in the Cambs League.
The relegation threatened first team lost 4-1 at Premier Division leaders Linton Granta after being 2-0 down at half-time. They pulled it back to 2-1, but two quick goals in reply condemned them to 14 games without a win.
Bright, also the Reserves boss, said: “It has been very difficult this week for the first team and reserves. Steve Taylor had five players unavailable for the first team from last week and took two of my lads.
“It’s been the first week when I’ve thought ‘do I really need this’ but I’m not giving up and will keep putting the work in. I spoke to the referee and he said we’re not the only club – a lot of clubs are struggling.
“The club did well to get three teams out. There were nine missing from my normal squad and we deserved better against Waterbeach who had five shots on target and scored from them all.”
Bright praised three ‘A’ team lads who were “fantastic” in the Division 1B 5-3 home defeat to Waterbeach Res: Tom Davies, Tom Chapman and Ollie Cooper-Clarke, who scored, as did James Cann on debut and Ross Alexander.
Chatteris took a deserved 1-0 lead but, with luck usually deserting a struggling team, Waterbeach were kick-started with a cross/shot that flew over everyone and went in off the post, plus a terrific strike into the top corner.
A depleted Chatteris ‘A’ team lost 5-4 to Division 4B’s top side Willingham Wolves.
Paul Cousins played for Wisbech Town Reserves, who suffered from not having a Senior A game for three weeks when losing 5-0 at league leaders Sawston, who went in at half-time 2-0 up.
Some good saves by James Barwick had kept the Fenmen in the game. In the second half Town’s best effort fell to Matty Fowler, who put the ball wide from close range. Cousins had his usual dominant game in defence.
Wisbech St Mary lost 3-0 at Debden, and boss Arran Duke said: “We were an absolute shambles for 90 minutes. We slightly improved in the second half but we deserved what we got. The only positive was Ricky Gunns working tirelessly for the team and 16-year-old Shane Green impressing as a second half sub.
“Strong words were said from me after the game and I expect a response next Saturday.”
Fourth place in Division 2B Doddington had to come back twice in each half to draw 2-2 with St Ives Town Res, as they netted a penalty two minutes from time.
Boss Jock Bedford said: “It was a point gained rather than two lost as they outplayed us and they were the much better side. Full credit to them, they deserved more.
“If somebody had given me this position at the start of the season I’d be happy. We’ve got all the teams around us to play. It’s a very, very good league this season with five or six good, strong sides.”
Doddington hit back in the first half when Michael Anderton side-footed home a good finish after an effort from Lee Barnett was deflected, then George Masterton slotted away the last-gasp penalty after Gary Smith turned his defender and was fouled.
In Senior B, Outwell Swifts ended a run of poor results with a 6-3 win at Longstanton thanks to a Ben Bothamley hat-trick, Dean Jimson, Matthew Leach and James Parker.
New manager Mark Secker said: “It was great to see the passion to win from the lads and hopefully we can carry this on to the end of the season. We have a massive game against Mildenhall next so we hope to build on this result.”
Manea United maintain their five-point lead of Division 2B with a 6-1 triumph at Milton Res.
Wisbech St Mary Res defeated visitors Bluntisham Rangers Res 5-3 with strikes from Tom Crowson, Gaje Drew, Shane Millar and Shaun Simpson 2. Basement side Tydd United lost 13-0 at home to Over Sports Res, while March Rangers lost 4-0 at home to Witchford 96.
In Division 3B, Estover Park won 3-0 at near neighbours Wimblington Res on the back of goals by Grzegorz Kudyba and Richard Peachey 2.
Wisbech St Mary B lost 0-6 at home to Division 4B promotion-chasing Elsworth Sports, while Benwick Athletic went down at Fenstanton Res 3-0.
In Division 5D, Doddington Reserves player Seve Revell (16) went to hospital to have his wrist wired after breaking it in two places after falling awkwardly when tackled at Manea United Reserves.
Revell, in his first season in senior football, had an operation late on Saturday and was due out of hospital on Sunday afternoon. The club passes on its best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Reserves manager Roger Manchett said: “It was a bad challenge, the lad came through the back of him. You could see when he fell the weight went on to his arm. I’m a qualified first-aider and I could see it wasn’t right, so I got him straight to hospital.
“He transferred from Chatteris Fen Tigers at Christmas and has been playing really well, so it’s a shame, really.”
Doddington won 5-1 with goals from Dan Martell 3, Michael Croucher and James Hazel, and Manchett added: “We’ve had a rocky start after Christmas so it’s nice to get back to playing decent football.”
Lewis Greening and Elliot Van-hinsbergh scored for Coldham Utd who lost 5-2 to visitors Wimblington A. Gareth Puleston was the sole Reg Haigh & Arthur Peck Cup marksman for Estover Park Res in their 10-1 home exit to Red Lodge.
Other 5D scores: Mepal Sports Res 4 March Rangers Res 3 (Philip Kowbas 2, Samuel Chapman); Upwell Town 2 (Reece Richmond, Matthew Thomas) Outwell Swifts Res 2 (Dominic Mills, Ben Button); Walsoken United 1 Chatteris Fen Tigers 11; Wisbech St Mary C 5 Northend 0.