Lilies bounce back to halt losing streak

Wimblington v Wisbech St Mary football 'Kieron Daplyn (assistant manager) , Shaun Cutler, Alan Setchell, Perry Walton, Richard Parish, Martin Porter, Aidan Gray, Brendon Baxter, Liam Fox, Dean Stacey (manager) 'left to right front James Clarke, Alex Redhead, Jody Day, Paul Shafer, Ash Daplyn, Matt Ridgway
Wimblington v Wisbech St Mary football 'Kieron Daplyn (assistant manager) , Shaun Cutler, Alan Setchell, Perry Walton, Richard Parish, Martin Porter, Aidan Gray, Brendon Baxter, Liam Fox, Dean Stacey (manager) 'left to right front James Clarke, Alex Redhead, Jody Day, Paul Shafer, Ash Daplyn, Matt Ridgway

Chatteris Town ended a run of seven defeats with a very good 2-2 draw against Somersham Town in the Cambs Premier Division on Saturday.

But it did look ominous at half-time with the Lilies trailing 2-0 but they upped their game after the break and were unfortunate not to take all three points.

Once again their inability to defend set pieces cost them dearly in the first half with the home side scoring twice inside 20 minutes. The first goal came when the near post was not defended at a corner and the second came from a shot from the edge of the box.

After the break Ben Matthews lobbed the goalkeeper from 30 yards out and then with 20 minutes to go Aidan Hollis scored the equaliser.

Chatteris then had the chances to go in front and none more so when Hollis looked to have put the ball over the line but the referee waved play on.

Manager Steve Taylor said: “I am disappointed we did not win in the end, but pleased with the way we came back in the second half to get a point. Defending set pieces has been a thorn in our side all season.

“We still have Aaron Bailey, Jamie Taylor, Jon Brierley, Aaron Collins and Tony Brown missing. Centre half Simon Howard has now gone to New Zealand for six months but hopefully Brown and Bailey will be back next week.”

Wimblington boss Dean Stacy declared that league leaders Wisbech St Mary will win the Senior A title after seeing his side lose 3-0 to them.

Stacy said: “They are a very good side and it is difficult to get the ball off them. They are the best side we have played and should win the title.”

But Saints boss Arran Duke is not keen to start talking about titles just yet.

He said: “We have made a good start so far but we have had a couple of poor games. There is still a long way to go yet.”

But Duke was over the moon with the Ricky Bowden goal that made it 2-0 after 20 minutes.

“It was a really good passing movement and is the best goal we have scored this season.”

Wayne Morton had put Saints in front and Chris Macaree scored the third goal 15 minutes from the end.

Wisbech Town Reserves had found it a real struggle this season but found their form at the right time to beat Swavesey 5-0 in the William Coad Cup, a trophy they won last season.

Ben Crowson and Anthony Melton scored to make it 2-0 at half-time and Melton added his second goal after the break.

Simon Jones said: “The lads deserved the win. They worked tirelessly and got the rewards. Some of the young lads have got bright futures which will only benefit the Fenmen in years to come.

“A special thanks to all supporters who came out in force, I can say for sure it’s much appreciated.”

March Town Reserves won the Cambs Junior Cup last season but went out of the competition with a disappointing 3-1 home defeat against Burwell Swifts.

They were trailing 2-0 at half-time and although a Ryan Cross goal gave them some hope towards the end Swifts came back with a third goal.

They are also bottom of Division 1B with four successive defeats and chairman Phil White said: “The Reserves are struggling at the moment because they just cannot take their chances. It is early days yet and hopefully we can sort things out.”

Chatteris Town Reserves changed managers in midweek with Leigh Matthews quitting and chairman Steve Bright taking over. The team responded to the changes with a 4-2 home win against Cottenham Reserves in Division 1B with Ross Alexander hitting a hat-trick and Alex Ashley also on target. And that ended a run of four defeats, but one sour note was that Sam Matthews was sent off.

Manea United got back to winning ways after a cup defeat by beating Wisbech St Mary Reserves 5-2. They now hold a six-point lead at the top of Division 2B after a seventh successive league win. George Burton 2, Kev Goude 2 and Dave Anguilla scored the goals. Shane Millar 2 was on target for Saints.

March Rangers lost 1-0 at home to Over Sports Reserves.

Tydd United went down 4-1 at home to Witchford.

Witchford led 1-0 at half time but in the second half Tydd came out all guns blazing and launched attack after attack but just could not get the ball in the goal and eventually Witchford broke away and scored twice.

Tydd did pull a goal back through Ben Norman, but once more as Tydd chased the game they were caught out by the sharp Witchford attack with a fourth goal

In Division 3B Wisbech St Mary A drew 2-2 with Stretham in the third v second clash with Joe Woods and Alex Holmes scoring.

Estover Park slipped out of the bottom three courtesy of a 2-1 home win against West Row Gunners Res.

Estover Park made Jack Cunnington captain for his last game before joining the Army.

They trailed to a penalty at half time but Greg Kudyba latched on to a Richard Peachey pass and scored from close range. Sam Wybourne thumped in the winner from a Robbie Norris cross.