WISBECH St Mary moved into second place in Cambs Senior A with a 3-2 win at Hemingford United and other results also went their way in the battle for promotion to the Premier Division.
Local rivals Wisbech Town Reserves did Saints a big favour by drawing 3-3 with third placed Cambridge City Reserves who are now one point behind with both teams having two games to go.
Saints took an early lead with a Chris Macaree goal, but the home side equalised five minutes later to leave the teams level at the break.
Hemingford began the second half the better and went 2-1 up after 60 minutes. Saints were now under pressure with Adam Wright making three good saves. Aaron McKenna came on and had a hand in Joe Whybourn’s equaliser and then scored the winner.
Saints boss Aaron Duke said: “We did what we had to do but it was hard work and it was a good job that Adam Wright was in good form early in the second half.
“Aaron McKenna did well when he came on, sometimes substitutes pay off and this was certainly the case this time.
“We have two games left but they are both away. I want to finish in second place but I am told the top three could go up this season.”
Wisbech Town Reserves continued their improved form of late with the point at Cambridge City Reserves after winning 5-3 in midweek against Soham United and are off the bottom of the table.
Darren Jimson, Anthony Melton, Sam Murphy and substitute Sam Cubberley 2 scored the goals in that home win while on Saturday the goals came from Simon Jones 2 and Max Mattless.
Mark Jimson’s team still have four games to play and are just four and five points behind the two teams above them Girton and Hundon. They are away to Great Paxton tonight and host bottom side Needingworth on Saturday.
Wimblington took another giant step towards safety with a 3-2 win at Hundon.
They scored three goals in the first 10 minutes through Perry Walton, Sean Cutler and Richard Parish but Hundon did pull a goal back from the break.
Dean Stacy’s side seemed to run out of steam and Hundon scored a second goal and put the pressure on for an equaliser but Wimblington held on for the win.
Manea United returned to the top of Division 2B with a very good 3-1 win over previous leaders Witchford United and now lead by three points.
Kevin Goude gave Manea the lead and then when his shot was parried by the keeper Ben Fox was on the spot to make it 2-0.
Witchford capitalised on a Manea defensive mistake to make it 2-1 but then Goude came up with a very good goal clipping the ball over a defender and then volleying it into the net for 3-1.
James Waters’ side have one game to play and that is against local rivals Doddington who did not play on Saturday but have two games in hand of Manea and are just four points behind them.
Waters said: “That was a top performance from us and we thoroughly deserved the win. Kev’s second goal was superb.
“It is good to be top again at such a late stage and we will have to see how Doddington get on in their two games before we play them on May 5. If results go our way we could be champions before we play them but it will be a good game to settle the title.”
Wisbech St Mary Reserves lost 4-1 at Isleham.
In Division 3B Estover Park lost 2-0 to third placed Mepal Sports. It was difficult to see who was pushing for promotion in a tight first half and with 20 minutes to go Park’s Richard Peachey went close to scoring. In the last 15 minutes, Mepal scored with a well placed header and with Park going for an equaliser, Mepal got a second on the break.
Division 5D side Upwell lost 4-3 to Estover Park Reserves who finished the game with 10 men after a sending off.
Estover took a 2-0 lead in the first half but Upwell soon got a goal back through veteran striker, Andy McClagish, lobbing the goalkeeper. Estover extended their lead to 4-1 before having a man sent off. Upwell rallied late on with a second from Andy McClagish and a goal from sub Ash Durrance.
Division 3B: Hemingford A 8 Wimblington Res 1; Stretham 2, WSM A 3.
Division 4B: Fenstanton Res 2, WSM B 0.
Division 5D: Doddington Res 9, Outwell Swifts Res 0; March Rangers Res 2, WSM C 1; Walsoken 2, Mepal 4; Wimblington A 0, Manea Reserves 1.