Lilies hope first win is the turning point

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Chatteris Town finally broke their duck for the season with a first Cambs Premier Division win against Sawston United on Saturday.

The 1-0 win rounded off a very good week for the West Street side who had earlier announced a new chairman in Shaun Hayden.

He has already received some backing for the club from local businesses and reinforcements for the team are on their way too.

Jack Saunders, Aidan Hollis andGary White are returning from March Town and an even bigger coup is the signing of Tony Brown from Newmarket Town who are second in the Thurlow Nunn Division One.

Brown has had two spells at West Street in the past and said: “I have been impressed with Shaun Hayden’s plans for the club and where he wants to get them. Being a local lad it’s not good seeing your home club in this position.

“So it’s the chance to come back and try and help them get back to where they belong.”

The three points was not enough to take Chatteris off the foot of the table, but manager Steve Bright is hopeful that the club have reached a turning point after a disastrous start to the season.

The Lilies were strengthened by the return of Simon Howard, Dean Saunders and Chris Matthews to their ranks at Sawston, but had to battle hard for the points especially in the last 25 minutes after Ben Matthews had given them the lead.

Bright said: “We rode our luck at times but it was a really good effort from the team. Jack McKeown, who made a couple of mistakes the previous week, has made three great saves and John Smalley put in a tremendous last ditch tackle to stop an almost certain goal. Simon Howard was also very good in defence too.

“Now people in the town know that we are making a real effort to go forward with Shaun. There is real buzz about the place and we are hoping to strengthen the team again before we play West Wratting next week.”

There was also a big improvement for the Reserves too who lost 1-0 to second placed Wichford 96 in Division 1B.

Wisbech St Mary moved above Sawston into fourth place in the table after a 5-1 win at lowly Soham Town Reserves.

They went 1-0 down to a penalty but after that really dominated the game. Goals from Stuart Brown and Aaron McKenna gave them a 2-1 lead at the break.

Ricky Gunns scored twice from the penalty spot to make it 4-1 and 16-year-old Jake Baldry came off the bench to score a great individual goal from 30 years.

Manager Arran Duke said: “It was a very positive display. We now sit fourth in the table which at this stage of the season has surpassed expectations.”

Outwell Swifts also took fourth place in Senior B by beating Hardwick 4-0 at home with James Parker hitting a hat-trick and a Mark Secker penalty.

Secker said: We are playing great football and the win put us joint third. The last few games our captain Ken Simpson has been immense.”

Division 1B: Chatteris Town Res 0, Witchford 96 1.

Division 2B: Tydd United 2, Isleham 4, WSM Res 0, March Rangers 4.

Division 4B: Chatteris Town A v Willingham, WSM B v Milton A (Milton conceded).

Division 5D: Doddington A 3, Littleport A 3, March Rangers Res 0, Gorefield 5.

Ablett Cup: Benwick 4, Red Lodge 5, Doddington Res 1, Elsworth 2, Estover Park 1, WSM A 1 (WSM won on pens), Wimblington Res 3, Eaton Socon A 4 (aet).

Haigh Cup: Chatteris Fen Tigers 4, Sawston 3, Manea Res 1, Outwell Swifts Res 3, March Saracens 3, Sawston Rovers Res 1, Walsoken 3, Lakenheath Casuals 3 (Lakenheath won pens).