CHATTERIS Town finally put to bed their relegation worries with a 3-2 win against Waterbeach in the Cambs Premier Division at West Street on Saturday.
But it was far from plain sailing for Julian Young’s side with a very poor first half performance, but they certainly upped their game after the break after trailing 2-0 at one time.
Young (pictured) described the first 45 minutes performance bluntly: “That was the poorest we have played in the nine games I have been in charge. Technically we were poor and the work rate was just not good enough. Fortunately we found ourselves only 1-0 down at the break.”
The Lilies did have chances of their own even so in the first 45 minutes with Hugh Stewart hitting the post from 18 yards out.
Young added: “I had some very strong words at the break and it is a good job there are no china cups around anymore because a few would have got broken. But the lads gave a really good response.”
It is true Chatteris did start the second half well but were caught on the break by Waterbeach who at first were denied by a brilliant one hand save by Ellis Ancaster but they put the rebound in the bet.
Young then switched Tony Brown into a striker’s role and five minutes later Jack Saunders crossed to the far post and Richie Allen made it 2-1.
Substitute Aidan Hollis made it 2-2 after 68 minutes after a good run and the winner came eight minutes later when Allen was pulled down by the keeper and Aaron Bailey scored from the penalty spot.
Saunders was then set up by Brown but missed a chance to make it comfortable for the Lilies.
Young said: “It was a good three points in the end and we were a 100 per cent better in the second half. I have told the lads I want us to be unbeaten in our last three games so we can finish at least fourth from bottom.”
Wisbech St Mary faced a must win game against second placed Soham Town Rangers Reserves to keep their promotion hopes in Senior A alive and scored a resounding 7-1 win.
Saints went 1-0 up early on through Wayne Morton but were soon pegged back to 1-1.
But Aaron Duke’s side then started to dominate with Morton and Chris Macaree (penalty) on target to lead at 3-1 the break.
Saints started the second half in control again with Morton completing his hat-trick followed by further goals from Matt Prudence, his first for the club in a good performance, Ty Clark and Stuart Brown.
Duke said: “It was an important game so to win so convincingly was pleasing. It was by no means a perfect performance but a strong confident one. Ricky Bowden was back to his best showing he is one of the best players in the league and Aaron McKenna had a great game as well. There is still lots of hard work to do but it was step in the right direction.”
Wimblington had a very good 2-0 win against Cherry Hinton in the battle against relegation. Paul Shafer gave them the lead and with an excellent finish and Alan Setchell added the second goal.
Manager Dean Stacy said: “We really should have scored more. The key to the win was having a full squad available for the first time in weeks. We have five games left and one more win should see us safe.”
Wisbech Town Reserves drew 1-1 with Cambridge City Reserves to keep their hopes alive too.
March Town Reserves suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Burwell Swifts but are safe from the drop after Waterbeach Reserves lost 6-0 in their final game.
It looks like a really exciting finale to find the Division 2B champions with Witchford, Manea, Doddington and Godmanchester in the running.
Manea had a 3-1 win in the local derby against March Rangers Reserves after trailing 1-0.
But they had a good second half with an own goal from a James Waters cross, John Lee and a Danny Waite penalty giving them the three points in a 3-1 win.
Doddington found it hard going against Sutton United before finally coming out on top 2-1.
Michael Anderton scored a goal in each half for Steve Bedford’s team and they are just one point behind Manea with a game in hand. The two teams clash in the final game of the season. Manea also have leaders Witchford to play before then.
Division 3B: Exning 2, Wimblington Res 1; Hemingford A 2, WSM A 2.
Division 4B: Milton A 5, Benwick 2.
Division 5D: Estover Park Res 1, Coldham 1; March Rangers Res 1, Chatteris Fen Tigers 2; Upwell 2, Mepal 6; Walsoken 1, Northend 1; WSM C 2, Outwell Swifts Res 3.