WISBECH St Mary completed the double over struggling Wisbech Town Reserves in the Cambs Senior A on Saturday and now the teams go head to head again this weekend in the William Coad Cup.
But the 2-1 scoreline was a lot closer than some would have expected with second place playing the bottom team.
Saints still have hopes of promotion but face a real battle to hold on to second place with Soham Reserves just five points behind them but with three games in hand.
While at the bottom it is difficult to see the Fenmen staving off relegation with an eight-point gap to the team directly above them.
On Saturday there was little between the two sides for the first 20 minutes but once the impressive new signing Arran McKenna scored the vital first goal it did look to be Saints’ day. After the break Saints got really on top and Chris Macaree scored with a header from a well directed Ricky Bowden corner kick.
The Fenmen scored in the last minute through Joe Gallagher, but it was really too little too late.
Saints manager Arran Duke said: “It was a good team performance and apart from the first 20 minutes I felt it was comfortable.
“With regards to next week’s cup game it is not high on our priority list because that is the league and the cup is a bonus. I’ll try a few different players in preparation for the next league game in two weeks.”
Town’s Mel Mattless said: “We want to retain the William Coad Cup but we do have injury problems with Jody Day, who has broken three ribs, and Craig Houghton out. But Saints have beaten us twice this season and are a good side.”
Wimblington lost 3-1 at Soham United but remain out of the relegation zone with the three teams below them failing to win.
Chatteris Town boss Julian Young was disappointed with his side’s 1-0 defeat at Waterbeach in the Cambs Premier Division.
The winning goals came after 33 minutes after a mix up between the defence and goalkeeper gifted the home side a goal.
Young said: “Everyone was disappointed in the dressing room after the game. One error has cost us but what really surprised me was that we were outbattled.
“We also did not create enough good chances although we did have a few half chances. We have to get back on track against Brampton now next week.”
The best chance of the game for Chatteris fell to Richie Allen but the goalkeeper denied him with a good save.
Outwell Swifts enjoyed a 2-0 win over Duxford in Senior B to continue their good run under manager Mark Secker.
Ben Bothamley gave them the lead in the first half and player-manager Secker scored the second with a 35-yard screamer.
Secker said: “We are playing very well at the moment with James Parker solid at the back and Lenny Peeling immense in goal.”
In Division 3B, Wisbech St Mary Res beat Estover Park 5-0 and Benwick Athletic put themselves very much back in with a chance of promotion from Division 4B title race with a mighty 8-2 win against Haddenham Roves.
They also got an added bonus with league leaders Willingham Wolves suffering a 3-1 defeat at Elsworth Sports who are the title favourites with only a point behind Willingham and Benwick but with six and five games in hand.
Chatteris Town A moved into sixth place with a 3-2 win at bottom team Cottenham A.
Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tgrs 2, Coldham 1; Doddington 3, WSM C 0; Estover Pk Res 2, Outwell Swifts Res 2; Manea Res 1, Walsoken 1, Upwell 1, Northend 6, Wimblington A 4, March Rangers Res 5.