Saints force draw with late leveller

WISBECH St Mary equalised two minutes from time to force a 1-1 draw at Fulbourn Institute in the Cambs Premier Division on Saturday.

It was substitute Stuart Ablett who struck the goal with a free kick from 20 yards on his first appearance of the season.

Fulbourn, who were in the Ridgeons League two seasons ago, had taken the lead after 25 minutes and it was Scott Benton, standing in for Adam Wright in goal, who kept his side in the game with three good saves.

Saints did a lot better after the break even without the influential Ricky Bowden and Mark Newton was denied twice by the woodwork and there were also two goal line clearances to deny Arran Duke’s side before the Ablett equaliser.

Duke said: “That was the best we have played this season. Our back four performed really well and Scott has done very well for us in goal too.

“It would be good if Stu Ablett played on a regular basis too. He is available next week and we will take it from there.”

Chatteris Town collected their third point of the season with a 2-2 draw against Soham Town Reserves at home but still remain bottom of the Premier Division.

The Lilies led after 15 minutes when a crossfield ball from Scott Goodger found Richie Allen and he set up Ben Matthews to find the net.

But Soham scored twice before the break to lead 2-1 at half-time. The first goal came after 40 minutes when Chatteris failed to pick up the runners from midfield and then on the stroke of half-time they did not deal with a quick throw-in and failed to cut out the cross.

Steve Bright’s side did much better after the break and when Alex Ashley’s shot cum cross was only parried by the Soham keeper Allen was there to head over the keeper and into the net.

Chatteris continued to pressure the Soham goal and Allen, Jack Whiting and Goodger all had efforts cleared off the line while at the other end Lilies goalkeeper Shaun McKay came to the rescue with a good one-handed save to keep out a late Soham shot.

Bright said: “We again showed good spirit and I cannot knock the lads for their effort and attitude. We did give away a sloppy first goal, but I thought we were the better side in the second half but could not get that third goal.”

Chatteris have lost former Wisbech and Soham player Simon Flanz, who has left to manage Coates in the Peterborough League, but Bright has a couple of possible new signings in the pipeline.

In Senior A Wimblington lost 3-1 against Fenstanton with Paul Shafer scoring a late goal after the winners had taken a 3-0 lead.

Manager Dean Stacy said: “It was a fair result. They were much the better side in the second half.”

Outwell Swifts suffered a 4-0 home defeat against Gamlingay in Senior B.

In Division 3b an understrength Estover Park lost 2-0 at Mildenhall Utd. Park had their chances against strong opposition with the Utd keeper saving well from a Richard Peachey free kick and a Shane Bilney-Knight shot just going wide of the post. A goal in each half was their undoing but it was a spirited performance.

Division 1B: Buckden 2, Doddington 3; Manea 3, Chatteris Res 2; Waterbeach Res 2, March Town Res 2.

Division 2B: Milton Res 3, March Rangers 2; Tydd Utd 1, Over Res 9; WSM Res 7, Sutton Utd 5.

Division 3B: Little Downham 3, Wimblington Res 2; Stretham 4, WSM A 0.

Division 4B: Wicken 3, Chatteris A 0; WSM B 0, Mepal Res 1.

Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tigers 0, Littleport A 3; Doddington A v Manea Res (Manea walkover); March Rangers Res 3, Coldham United 0; March Saracens 3, Wimblington A 5; Walsoken 0, Outwell Res 6; WSM C 1, Gorefield 1.