Smash and grab raid boosts Manea’s title bid

MANEA United took another giant stride to claiming the Cambs League Division 2B title with a 2-1 win over one of their title rivals Godmanchester Reserves on Saturday.

At times it was a real backs to the wall job for James Waters’ side but two goals in the last 20 minutes gave them a very valuable three points and with six games to go they hold a seven point lead at the top of the table.

But things may have been a lot different on Saturday with the score at 0-0 when Manea’s George Bull made a goal line clearance.

Then on 70 minutes Josh Hutchins was pulled back in the penalty area and Kevin Goude scored from the penalty spot.

Then 10 minutes later Hutchins was involved again in the second goal sending a left foot volley over the head of the Godmanchester keeper and into the net.

Waters said: “We had to defend for long periods and it was a real smash and grab result for us. But it was a very good performance against a good side.

“We have another tough game next week against second placed Witchford but in our position the title is ours to lose.”

Local rivals Doddington are also waiting in the wings in third place seven points behind Manea with two games in hand. They are only one of two teams to beat Manea in the league this season and they have to meet again soon.

On Saturday Doddington were 3-1 winners in the local derby against March Rangers.

Rangers took a surprise lead after just two minutes through Jimmy Boxall, but Ryan Norman equalised seven minutes before the break.

Gary Smith and Michael Anderton hit second half goals to put Doddington in command.

Manager Steve Bedford said: “It was a very good performance against a side who battled hard. We play Godmanchester next week which will be tough but we are still in there with a chance.”

In Division 1B Chatteris Town Reserves gained a very valuable three points in their battle against relegation and are now three points ahead of second from bottom March Town Reserves.

March were held to a disappointing goalless draw against Somersham Town Reserves.