Nine-man Chatteris give champs a scare

Depleted Chatteris lost 4-3 with nine men to last season’s champions Lakenheath after being 2-0 up at half-time in the Cambs League Premier.

Lilies boss Steve Taylor said: “I’m proud of the players, they gave their all. I couldn’t ask any more from them. We ran out of legs, didn’t have enough bodies and they won with two late goals.”

On target for the injury-hit side were Aiden Hollis with a chip, Jack Saunders and sub Jake Batizovszky.

Wisbech Reserves lost a 4-0 lead to draw 4-4 at Debden in Senior A. Scorers were Ricky Speechley, Sam Cubberley, Richard Harnwell and Sam Darlow.

Town Reserves manager Darren Edey said: “In the first half we played really well. They scored a wonder goal out of nothing, then the referee gave them a penalty which even their bench said they didn’t have a clue what it was for.

“We didn’t get one decision in the second half.”

Debden drew level following a hotly disputed free-kick and an own goal from Harnwell.

Wimblington enjoyed a 2-1 home victory over Soham Utd thanks to goals from Liam Fox and Alan Setchell.

Wimblington manager Dean Stacey said: “It was a good performance and we were all over them. We should have scored many more. We had five players missing and we are starting to put performances together now, so I am happy.”

Wisbech St Mary’s Joe Whybourn netted a brace to earn them a 2-2 draw with Sawston United.

Division 1B side Chatteris Town Reserves lost a Creake Charity Shield cup tie thriller 5-6 at home to Witchford 96. Manea led with a strike from Kevin Goude early in their second half tie but lost 2-1 to St Ives and will have to be content to continue their excellent league form.

The winner came from a penalty which Manea’s Steve Beeken said: “It was a clash of heads between our centre-half Lewis Beeken on the by-line, and the referee gave a penalty. We were all stunned.

“We hit the bar and post and took the game to them in the second half. We’ve been scoring goals freely in the league, but we just didn’t get the result we deserved.”

March Rangers were knocked out at Fulbourn Sports & Social Club 7-0.

In Division 2B Wisbech St Mary Reserves won 2-1 at Bluntisham Rangers Res with Thomas Diggines and Shane Millar on target. Doddington United had a 2-0 triumph over Milton Res.

Division 3B’s Estover Park got a Lower Junior Challenge Cup home walkover because Chatteris Town A were unable to raise a team. Chatteris Fen Tigers lost their tie to Cottenham United A 4-3.

In the league Wisbech St Mary A went down to a solitary goal versus West Row Gunners Reserves, and Wimblington Reserves lost at Stretham Hotspurs 7-0.

Strikes from Oliver Harlock and sub Aiden Rouse earned a Division 4B 2-0 success for Benwick Athletic over Milton A.

In Division 5D a Lester Smith hat-trick starred for March Rangers Reserves in their 9-0 demolition of Upwell Town. Samuel Chapman 2, Thomas Chenary, Keith Harris 2 and Luke Watson also scored. Northend lost at Mepal Sports Res 3-0 and manager Kevin Venni praised his team, whose MoM was skipper Jake Beecham, for being unlucky to lose.

Martin Chapman also bagged a treble for Outwell Swifts Reserves with Clayton Payne on target in a 4-3 defeat of Coldham United, whose scorers were Lewis Greening, Jamie Leet and Kevin Smith. Manea United Res won 8-1 at Walsoken United.