Promotion hopes get an unexpected boost

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CHATTERIS Town’s hopes of playing in the Ridgeons League took an unexpected boost during the week when Lakenheath withdrew their application for promotion from the Cambs Premier Division.

Lakenheath look set to take the Premier Division title but the big-money spending club do not look to have the same funds in hand next season and gave notice that they would be happy to stay in the Cambs League.

This is good news for Chatteris because it is unlikely that the Cambs League would have given their blessing to two sides leaving their ranks this summer and Chatteris are now the only club seeking promotion.

But manager Jimmy Unwin must wait for the FA to approve the Ridgeons League’s plea to allow them to promote clubs that do not finish in the top two places.

The best Chatteris can hope for is fourth place and that looks unlikely after they had their 11th draw of the season 1-1 against Ely City Reserves on Saturday. Unwin knows he must sign a natural goalscorer if they do go up.

Chatteris dominated most of Saturday’s game but found themselves 1-0 down before Richie Allen turned a Steve Reid shot home for the equaliser. After that Jack Saunders and Steve Turnbull had good chances to win the game.

Unwin said: “We lacked the killer instinct after we dominated long periods. We must have had 15 good crosses into the box but had nothing to show for them.”

Chatteris Reserves are still in the promotion hunt in Division 2B after a 2-0 win over Witchford 96 that leaves them in third place. They are five points behind leaders Burwell Swifts but do have three games in hand.

Doddington’s hopes seem to have evaporated after a midweek 1-1 draw with Manea and a 1-0 defeat by second placed Earith on Saturday. Manea lost 3-0 against Milton Reserves. Wisbech St Mary Reserves moved into sixth place with a 4-2 win against The Vine.