Promotion hopes hit

WISBECH Town Reserves’ switch in fortunes has left them with just one point from the last four Cambs Senior A games and a possible promotion place has really disappeared.

At the turn of the year everything was going really well for Darren Edey’s team as they amassed 10 straight wins but it has all gone downhill since apart from booking a place in the William Coad Cup final.

Even Edey is mystified by the drop in form but admitted: “We have not been taking our chances and that has cost us in most of the recent games.

“Again on Saturday we created chances but did not take them and then defensive errors in the second half have cost us. Some of the younger players have got to show a better attitude. Two of our best players on Saturday were the two older ones Mark Jimson and Simon Jones.”

Lowly Wimblington, who drew 2-2 with Wisbech in midweek, picked up another good point with a 3-3 draw against Soham Town Rangers Reserves.

But Wimblington manager Dean Stacy was really disappointed that his side did not win the game with the Soham equaliser coming with the last kick of the game.

Andy Harvey gave Wimblington a 2-0 lead at half-time and although Soham got back on terms, Richard Parish looked to have scored the winner for Wimblington two minutes before time. But Soham came up with a late, late equaliser.

Stacy said: “We have had two good draws and in both games we could have finished the winners. It was really a killer on Saturday because we got in front with just two minutes left.”

It was a case of after the lord mayor’s show for Chatteris Town in their 1-1 draw in the local derby against Somersham in the Premier Division.

The Lilies had taken four points from the top two sides in their previous two games but manager Jimmy Unwin was not happy with his side’s performance this time.

“We were terrible in the first half. I would rather play poorer against the top teams and make sure we perform and win against the lesser teams.”

There were no goals in the first half and Somersham took the lead after the break when Chatteris failed to deal with a long throw once more and although Ben Collett pulled off a very save to stop the first effort, he had little chance when the rebound was tapped in.

Chatteris came up with an equaliser 15 minutes from time when Steve Turnbull headed home.

There was a very good win for Wisbech St Mary in Senior B with a 5-0 win at Cambridge City Reserves.

The three points took Saints above the Cambridge side into second place and they are now nine points off leaders Great Paxton with two games in hand.

Ricky Bowden was again among the goals with a hat-trick and Chris Macaree and Scott Willey also scored. The back four of Gunkel, Hurst, Coe and Brown were all in good form with Michael Chow having a hand in three of the goals.

Outwell Swifts lost 3-2 at West Row Gunners but have enough games in hand to get themselves out of the relegation zone.

Chatteris Town Reserves are off the top of the Division 2B table after a 2-1 home defeat against new leaders Earith United in midweek. Chatteris did not play on Saturday but Earith won again now lead them by four points but played one game more.

March Rangers had a 3-1 win at Over Sports Reserves with goals from Thomas Denston 2 and Matthew Bruce. and are now in seventh place just one place below Manea United who suffered a 4-2 defeat at Wisbech St Mary Reserves. Ty Clark 2, Billy Fowler and Dean Jimson scored for Saints.

Tydd United climbed into fourth place in Division 3B with a 2-1 win at Brampton Reserves.

Ricky Gunns put Tydd ahead, and shortly after James Lawes doubled the advantage with a superb lob. After the break Brampton pushed and eventually got a goal back, and then Tydd saw the game out to take the three points.

Estover Park were held to a 2-2 draw by Stretham Hotspur.

There is no stopping Wisbech St Mary A in Division 4B. They beat Murrow Bell 5-0 in a local derby and have a four-point lead at the top but second place Bar Hill have five games in hand.

It was another clean sweep for Wisbech St Mary’s teams with the A team winning 3-0 at Coldham. This the second time that four of the club’s teams have won on the same day in the last three weeks.

The A team also have a four-point lead at the top of the table over March Rangers Reserves who won 2-0 at Manea Reserves.

Third placed Benwick won 4-1 against Upwell with goals from Dayne Moore 2, Dave Chapman and Stuart Cole. Sean Goodger scored for Upwell.