Miserable run continues as Lilies lose to nine men

Chatteris Town have now gone nine games without a win following their 4-3 defeat on Saturday at West Street in the Cambs Premier Division against West Wratting, who finished with nine players.

They have dropped to 12th in the table and, although it may be a bit early to suggest that they are fighting relegation, they do need to end this disastrous run sooner rather than later.

Skipper Stu Porter is confident that this side can get back to winning ways. “I felt we were a little unlucky not to get something from the game on Saturday. We were well on top at the end but just could not get the equaliser.

“It is the silly defensive mistakes each week that are costing us because going forward we are playing quite well.

“Since last season we have lost some good players too with Steven Reid, Jonny Brierley and Aaron Collins, and then injuries to Aaron Bailey and Tom Moden.

“Tony Brown has gone to Godmanchester but Laurie Carter, a defensive midfielder, is coming back from Ely after two seasons and that should help us.

“We never seem to be able to field the same team which also does not help, but I think once we can do that then we will start winning games again.”

On Saturday Chatteris trailed 2-0 before Hugh Stewart made it 2-1 at the break.

They then conceded early in the second half before Richie Allen made it 3-2 only to leak another quick goal.

West Wratting had a player sent off for two yellows after 70 minutes and then their keeper saw red, and Jake Burton made it 4-3 from the resulting penalty with 10 minutes left.

Wisbech St Mary slipped to their third defeat of the season in Senior A by 1-0 at home to Hemingford United.

Saints manager Arran Duke said: “Both teams were evenly matched but yet again we missed too many chances which are costing us.

“On the plus side former Yaxley player Teddy Rimmell made his debut off the bench and looked sharp.

“We have another big game against Sawston this Saturday and we must step up another level to get something from it.”

Wisbech Town Reserves suffered a 5-0 defeat at home to second place Debden, who are now five points behind Saints but have a game in hand. A bigger threat are Sawston, who trail by six points in third place but have four games in hand.

They beat Wimblington 9-0 on Saturday and Dean Stacy’s side are now second from bottom with Wisbech Town in last spot.

Darren Moore scored Outwell Swifts’ goal in the 4-1 home defeat against Comberton United.

But the biggest shock result of the day came in Division 2B where leaders Manea United were thrashed 7-0 by Over Sports, who had only won two previous games.

Manea manager James Waters said: “It was terrible. We could have been 3-0 up at half-time when it was 0-0. Once they went 2-0 up after the break everyone died. We have to bounce back next week with a big test against Godmanchester Reserves.”

Gary Smith hit four goals as Doddington United beat WSM Reserves 6-1. Michael Anderton and Paul Rowell were also on target. They are in fourth place but trail Manea by six points but have three games in hand.

Estover Park suffered a 3-2 home defeat against fourth placed Fordham and Wimblington Reserves and WSM A had to settle for a point each in a 1-1 draw.

In Division 4B Chatteris A and Benwick both had good wins.

Third placed Chatteris toppled the league leaders Willingham Wolves, who were unbeaten before the game, 1-0. Jack Emmett scored the winner but if they had taken their chances it should have been a lot easier. Steve Saunders rated it as the best performance of the season.

Benwick joined Wolves on 19 points after a 3-2 victory at Wicken Amateurs. Andrew Abbot, Scott Phillips and Andy Woodard scored the goals.

Coldham United beat Manea Reserves 2-1 in Division 5D after Manea took the lead in the second minute. Lewis Greening equalised before half-time and Eli Frankham scored the winner from 22 yards out. Kevin Smith missed a penalty for Coldham.

Northend made it five games unbeaten with a 5-4 victory over Doddington Res despite trailing 3-1 at one stage. Goals came from James Spooner 2 , Luke Venni and Warren Laver 2. Harley Kitchen was mom in his first game for the club on his 16th birthday with outstanding wing play.