SHAMBOLIC defending was how Chatteris Town manager Steve Taylor described his side’s 5-3 defeat at West Wratting in the Cambs Premier Division on Saturday.
The Lilies have now gone 10 games without a win and are dropping slowly and surely towards the relegation zone with little sight of an upturn in fortunes.
Taylor’s side played well enough in the first half but did not take their chances and West Wratting led with their only shot on target.
But after the break the Chatteris defence were in a charitable mood as the home side opened up a 4-1 lead after Jake Batizovszky had scored.
Going forward Chatteris looked good and they pulled the game back to 4-3 with goals from Ash Taylor and Alex Ashley.
But the home side made the points safe with a sixth goal to follow up a 4-2 win against the Lilies two weeks previously.
Taylor fumed: “We just do not do the simple things when defending and no one is prepared to put their foot through the ball. At times our defending is shambolic. They could not have had more than five chances and scored five goals.
“We looked good going forward and created loads of chances in both halves.”
Another person not happy with his team’s performance was Wisbech Town Reserves stalwart Mark Jimson who apologised on the club website after his side’s 4-0 defeat at home to Milton in Senior A.
Jimson said: “I am embarrassed and ashamed to be part of that, and I’m not excusing myself from anything, I was as bad as anyone, all I can say is that I’m not someone to accept losing, especially like that, and I will do everything I can to turn it around.
“Today I had nine players unavailable for one reason or another, and to be honest we’ve had to drop young lads in at the deep end which isn’t fair on them either, most of them will be good enough if they stick at it but need help from older more experienced people at the club.”
Jimson is perhaps being a little harsh on himself as he and Mel Mattless have had a difficult time since coming to the Reserves rescue.
Wisbech St Mary suffered a third successive defeat by 4-3 at Girton United and have now dropped to second place on goal difference behind Sawston United who have five games in hand.
Chris Macaree scored all three Saints goals but manager Arran Duke said: “It was a very poor performance and a lack of confidence is a major factor to why we have performed as we have recently.
“I am hoping to bring in a couple of new faces to lift things but we had eight players missing on Saturday so it was never going to be easy but we did make it a lot harder for ourselves.”
Wimblington put in a good performance to lose out 2-1 to Great Paxton.
Chairman Phil White has the midas touch as far as March Town Reserves are concerned. He took charge again two weeks ago and they recorded a second successive win by 3-1 against bottom team Cottenham Reserves in Division 1B
Two goals from Sean Wright gave March a 2-0 lead at half-time but they took their foot off the pedal after the break. The visitors pulled a goal back late on but Phil Kowbas made it 3-1.
White said: “ It was a good performance but we just did not come out of the changing rooms immediately after the break.
“I had watched the team before I took over and they were not playing that badly but we have players back from injury and I have a good squad.
“We went eight games without a defeat last season so the aim is to do that again this time but we do have a tough game against Littleport next.”
Manea continue to lead the way in Division 2B with a 5-0 victory over Bluntisham Rangers, but Doddington were held 2-2 at Godmanchester Reserves and are now in fifth place.
Bottom team Tydd United suffered a 6-0 defeat at Witchford 96.
In Division 4B Chatteris Town A drew 3-3 with Benwick with Jason Hennessey, Dean Saunders and Oliver Cooper-Clark scoring their goals as they came from behind three times.
Although the equaliser came two minutes from the end Chatteris’s Steve Saunders said: “It was really two points dropped.”
David Saunders scored four goals as WSM C handed out a 7-1 thrashing to Northend in Division 5D. Further goals came from Phil Jackson, Jason Chilton and Alex Papworth as second placed Saints feel they can push for promotion with some key players back.
Senior B: Camb Univ Press Res 6, Outwell Swifts 0
Division 3B: Bar Hill 5, Estover Park 1; WSM A 6, Wimblington Res 0.
Division 4B: WSM B 0, Wicken 3.
Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tigers 3, Manea Res 5; Doddington Res 4, Mepal Res 0; Estover Park Res 5, Upwell 1; Outwell Swifts Res 2, Wimblington A 4.