Reserves rise to the challenge

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March Town Reserves are through to the last four in the Cambs League Junior Challenge Cup after a 2-0 win against Cambourne Rovers at the GER on Saturday.

It was a pretty even first half that produced chances at both ends but oo goals. Vinny Edwards missed the best opening for March.

But 10 minutes into the second half Edwards was not quite so wasteful as he shot home from 12 yards to give the Hares the lead.

With 20 minutes left Lee White let fly with a very good free kick which went round the wall before nestling in the bottom corner of the net.

From then on it was pretty comfortable for the home side and manager Phil White said: “It was good performance from us and you have to be pleased to reach the semi-finals. I felt we thoroughly deserved it and we kept a clean sheet too.”

Wisbech Town Reserves’ long run of success came to an end with a 3-2 defeat at fellow title chasers Brampton in the Senior A division.

The went a goal behind after 23 minutes when the ball sliced off defender Lewis Cook’s foot and into the net and the home side made it 2-0 when a 30-yard cross deceived the keeper and dropped into the net.

But Wisbech had been creating chances of their own and finally Aaron McKenna made it 2-1 and then Jon Fairweather hit the wood work.

Brampton made it 3-1 before Fairweather pulled a goal back late in the game.

Manager Darren Edey was not disappointed with his side’s performance. He said: “We played well and had we taken half our chances we would have won the game. Promotion is the target and we are still on course .”

Wimblington lost 1-0 at home to Soham United.

Chatteris Town manager Jimmy Unwin claimed his side put in their poorest performance since he returned to the club when they lost 5-1 at home to Lakenheath in the Premier Division.

Lakenheath, who had Wisbech Town player Aaron Turner in their side, were just too good for the Lilies and Unwin lamented: “They were better in every department that us.”

Lakenheath led 1-0 at the break but Richie Allen equalised with a header 10 minutes into the second half but after that Chatteris could not cope with the visitors’ direct approach and they added four more goals.

Seven days in football is a long time as Wisbech St Mary found when they went to Fulbourn and drew 4-4 having beaten the same team 4-0 at home the previous week in Senior B.

Saints led 3-1 with goals from Marley Coe, Joe Gallagher and Chris Macaree and then Michael Chow added a fourth for 4-2.

But the visitors then conceded two sloppy goals to finish with a point.

Jon Seckler said: “It was very disappointing after last week’s win. We now have four home games and those results will dictate our season.”

Outwell Swifts lost 4-2 at home to Great Paxton

It was 1-1 at the break with Chris Hunt scoring for Swifts but they lost their way after the break and were trailing 4-1 before Ben Jimson found the net for 4-2.

Manager Paul Brenchley said: “It was a better performance than last week. I thought we had a chance at the half-time but we lost our way after that.”

Chatteris Town Reserves had a 2-0 win against Manea United in Division 2B with Gary Smith and Mark Heading, against his old club, scoring the goals.

James Lawes got the vital goal in Tydd United’s 1-0 win at Ely Crusaders in Division 3B and they made ground on Estover Park who lost 3-1 at Exning.

Other scores

Division 3B: Fordham 2, Wimblington Res 4.

Division 4B: Chatteris Town A 2, Longstanton Res 5, Murrow Bell 2, WSM A 4.

Division 5D: Doddington Res 6, Walsoken 2, Estover Park Res 2, Benwick 4, Manea Res 2, Wimblington A 1, March Rangers Res 3, Coldham United 0, Mepal Res 4, Upwell 1, WSM B 7, Chatteris Fen Tigers 3.