Matthews’ men leave it late to seal title triumph

Chatteris Town Res celebrating winning Division 2B
Chatteris Town Res celebrating winning Division 2B

CHATTERIS Town Reserves clinched the Cambs League Division 2B title with a 2-0 win in their final game of the season against March Rangers on Saturday.

But Leigh Matthews’ side left matters late with goals from Ross Alexander and Tony Brown coming in the last 10 minutes in a not very inspiring local derby. Chatteris had to win as second placed Earith United beat Doddington 7-1 in their final game.

Matthews said: “I do not know what it was but we were awful at times perhaps the nerves got to the lads. The goals came late on to round off a very good season for us.

“I would have just settled for a second successive promotion so to win the title is fantastic,

“The lads have been brilliant all season and their minds were set on winning promotion again and get that bit nearer the first team in the league.”

Doddington, although finishing the season with a heavy defeat, have also done well to take fourth spot especially as manager Jock Bedford had to almost build a new team.

Chatteris first team had to settle for seventh place in the Premier Division after drawing 0-0 with Over Sports following a midweek 2-1 home defeat against Hardwick.

Wisbech St Mary missed out on a league and cup double in midweek when they were beaten 3-2 in extra time in the Percy Oldham Memorial Cup final at Histon. Michael Chow and Joe Gallagher scored the goals that left the teams locked a 2-2 after 90 minutes.

In their final league game second placed Great Paxton beat Saints 1-0 on Saturday but fortunately they had already clinched the Senior B title the previous week.

March Town Reserves signed off in fine style with a 4-0 win against Bluntisham Rangers. The goals came from Lee White, Ash Brand, Mark Hampson and 16-year-old Aidan Paine.

Manager Phil White said: “It was very comfortable almost a stroll in the park. To finish the season in fourth place and win a cup is excellent considering how the team started the season.”

Two disappointing results cost Tydd United second place in Division 3B. They drew with Mepal Sports 1-1 in midweek but then lost 4-2 on Saturday to Bluntisham Rangers who take the runners-up spot.

In the Division 5 play-offs Wisbech St Mary B had a very good 3-2 win over Willingham Wolves.