CHATTERIS TOWN are to continue running three teams in the Cambs League despite the club suffering their poorest run of results for some years.
All the club’s three sides lost their games for the third successive Saturday conceding a total of 18 goals, but chairman and first team manager Steve Bright is determined to keep soldiering on.
The first team lost out 4-0 against Eaton Socon in the Premier Division Cup to follow an 11-0 defeat the previous week.
The Lilies were 2-0 down at the break after Eaton Socon were awarded a dubious penalty when John Smalley looked to have won the ball for the first of the goals. But early in the second half had the chances to have at least equalised with Alex Ashley missing the best of the openings when they were on top.
But then Eaton Socon scored a third goal from 30 yards out and conceded a fourth as they chased the game.
Bright said: “We had the chances after the break to perhaps have taken the lead but just could not put the ball in the net. At that stage we were on top and their players were even arguing among themselves.
“The club is struggling at present. It was a blow to lose the manager just before the start of the season and then we lost six players to March Town that left our first team squad severely weakened.
“We have to soldier on and keep the club going. We need help on and off the pitch but we do have a good committee here and I would never turn anyone away who thought they could help us improve.
“We have had poor spells in the past and survived them and I am hopeful we can do it again. We do need to attract more players quickly.”
Wisbech St Mary suffered a surprising 4-1 home defeat against Soham Town Reserves in the Cambs Premier Division for their third loss in the league this season.
They were 2-0 down at the break after a poor first half but did improve after the break only for Soham to hit a third goal against the run of play. Joe Woods pulled a goal back but as they pressed forward Soham added a fourth goal.
Manager Arran Duke aid: “We had seven players missing from our squad of 17. We were poor in the first half but after an exchange of words at the break upped our game but it was day of missed chances and missing players really.
“We should five of the seven players back next week when we play Soham again away in the Cliff Bullen Cup and I am certain we will see a positive reaction.”
Wimblington are still seeking their first win of the season after a 2-0 defeat to Fulbourn res in the William Cockell Cup.
Outwell Swifts beat Royston A 2-0 in Senior B seven days earlier but on Saturday suffered a 4-0 home defeat against the same team in the Percy Oldham Cup.
Manager Mark Secker commented: “It was a bad day at the office and we were veery poor this week.”
Manea United have won all three games played in Division 1B after a 4-2 home triumph against Burwell Swifts.
The village side were only promoted last season but again look a good side and are just three points off the leaders in fourth place but have two games in hand at this early stage.
They went 1-0 down in the first half but equalised within second through Josh Hutchinson.
Manager James Waters took off two strikers at the break and was rewarded when substitute Rob Spendelow hit tow goals to give them a 3-1 lead. Danny Wayte added a fourth goal before Burwell made it 4-2.
Waters said: “It has been a brilliant start. We now have a squad of 15-16 decent players for the first time for ages and that has been a great help. There does not look to be any easy games in this league but we adapted well.”
Doddington lost their second game of the season when beaten 3-2 by Huntingdon RGE and have dropped to fifth place in the table. James harness and George Masterson scored the goals.
March Town Reserves and Chatteris Town Reserves are still looking for their first points of the season.
March lost 1-0 to a penalty against Somersham Town while Chatteris suffered a 6-0 defeat against Witchford 96.
There was surprise defeat for Division 3B leaders Estover Park in the Cambs Lower Junior with Division 4B side Doddington Reserves winning 2-1.
Richard Peachey scored a well tajken goal but Estover missed too many chances.
In Division 5D Upwell were made to pay the price for not taking their chances in front of goal when they lost 4-2 to Walsoken who took a 3-0 lead.
Stu Kitching and Matt Staton hit goals to make it 3-2 but despite continuous pressure an equaliser did not materialiseand Walsoken added a fourth goal
Manager Karl Schultz said: “Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives to take from this match. Even though we were 3-0 down, we still battled and tried to get back into the match. On another day, we would have taken our chances and got what we deserved from the game, but it just wasn’t to be this weekend.”
Division 2B: WSM Res 0, St Ives Res 4.
Division 3B: Hemingford A 2, WSM A 4; Mildenhall United 4, Benwick 1.
Cambs Lower Junior Cup: : Chatteris Town A 2, Outwell Swifts Res 8; Gorefield 4, March Saracen 0; Thorney Res 2, Coldham 1;
Division 5D: Chatteris Fen Tigers 2, WSM C 4.