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Lilies Reserves miss out on Creake Charity Shield last four following 4-0 defeat at West Street


By Fenland Citizen Reporter


It could have been a different result if it was not for defensive mishaps, writes Dan Mason.

That’s the view of Chatteris Town Reserves boss Sean McKay.

He saw his side miss out on the Creake Charity Shield semi-finals following a 4-0 defeat to Debden at West Street.

Chatteris Town Reserves new kit 2018-19 Back, from left: manager Sean McKay, Liam Brady, Alex Carman, Liam Birch, Ben Collett, Tony Brown, Chris Matthews, Liam Lorraine, Ben Green, assistant Gary Birch. Front: Sam Merryweather, Connor Morton, Matthew Eggleton, Gavin Caney and Matt Walshe. (5373694)
Chatteris Town Reserves new kit 2018-19 Back, from left: manager Sean McKay, Liam Brady, Alex Carman, Liam Birch, Ben Collett, Tony Brown, Chris Matthews, Liam Lorraine, Ben Green, assistant Gary Birch. Front: Sam Merryweather, Connor Morton, Matthew Eggleton, Gavin Caney and Matt Walshe. (5373694)

The Lilies’ second-string went into half-time one down before conceding three further times in the second-half, Charlie Norris netting all four goals for the visitors.

“I’d have loved to go into the New Year in a semi-final,” McKay said.

“We should have come into half-time with the lead – we had some good opportunities.

“Second-half, it was a complete lack of discipline.

“If we defended properly, we could have prevented them.

“I’m just really disappointed throughout the whole side to be honest.”

Chatteris saw both goalkeeper Ben Collett and Chris Matthews sent to the sin-bin during the second period, a moment that McKay thought proved pivotal to his side’s fortunes.

“When they went off the field, we did okay with nine men, but since that moment, the level dropped.”

McKay’s men head into the festive break bottom of Mead Plant & Grab 1B, but in the Cambs Junior Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

Speaking on how to progress, he said: “It’s difficult at the moment because personnel keeps changing.

“The main aim is getting the right lads together who want to play week in, week out, and really want to thrive for this football club.”



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