CHATTERIS Town’s caretaker manager Julian Young is determined to finish his stint in style as the Lilies made it three successive wins in Cambs Premier Division by beating local rivals Somersham 4-1 at West Street on Saturday.
The three points also placed them above Somerham in the table and in the last 11 games Chatteris have taken 18 points to climb away from the relegation zone.
Young has certainly worked wonders since taking over from Steve Taylor and this team had to show plenty of character in this game when they went 1-0 down after 11 minutes when they did not defend a corner too well.
But on 28 minutes came the turning point in the game when Alex Ashley went in on the Somersham goalkeeper for a 50-50 ball. The keeper reacted badly and the referee sent him off and awarded a penalty too. Aaron Bailey scored from the spot to make it 1-1 at the break.
Just 10 minutes into the second half Chatteris were in front when Dean Saunders’ shot across the face of the goal looked to be going in at the far post, but a defender gave it a helping touch.
After 67 minutes Saunders was involved again in a third goal with his curling cross headed home by Richie Allen.
With 13 minutes to go Scott Goodger made a good run on the left and pulled the ball back from the bye line for Jack Saunders to slot home.
A delighted Young, who has ruled himself out of continuing in the job next season, said: “It was comfortable in the end but the turning point was when their keeper was sent off which I thought was a little harsh.
“We went a goal down early on but such is the belief in the players now it did not affect them too much and they did not get their heads down.
“It was a typical derby game early on but against the 10 men in the second half we had the space to play some good football.
“I said I wanted an unbeaten run to end the season and with just one game against Brampton on Saturday to go it would be great to finish with four straight wins. The lads may be in the bottom five but over the last 11 games they have played like a top five team and deserve a lot of credit.”
It was not such a good end to the season for Chatteris Reserves who lost 8-2 at Hemingford United in their final game to finish third from bottom in Division 2B but they have avoided relegation.
Chatteris A finished their season in eighth place in Division 4B.