WISBECH St Mary took the local bragging rights with a 3-1 win against Wisbech Town Reserves in the Cambs Premier Division at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium on Saturday.
The game turned out to be a dour local derby and Saints ground out a victory against the team occupying bottom spot in the table.
Chris Macaree gave Saints the lead after 16 minutes and Stuart Brown added a second goal before Matt Fowler pulled one back for the Fenmen.
Macaree added a third goal after the break for Saints but manager Arran Duke said: “This is the first time the two sides had met in the league and it was never going to be a great game no matter what their position is.
“We had to grind out a result in the end but the three points were more important than the performance. It was obviously good to get back to winning ways after three successive defeats.”
Mel Mattless was disappointed to lose but said: “That is the best the Reserves have played since Mark Jimson and I took over. We had a good 20-minute spell after our goal and their keeper made one really good save to push the ball onto the crossbar.
“Jason Day has joined us from Outwell but the problem is still getting a full side out. I think we showed enough to suggest we can get out of trouble.
“Saints have got a good side and deserved their win.”
Outwell Swifts enjoyed a first league win of the season when they beat Lakenheath Reserves 3-1 away in Senior B. The three points was enough to take them off bottom spot.
March Town Reserves’s winning run under chairman Phil White came to an end at the third attempt with a 2-0 loss at Littleport Reserves in Division 1B.
White said: “We played well against a good side and really had the chances to have won it. I thought we deserved a draw.”
Chatteris Town Reserves lost 2-1 at Somersham. Their first team game was called off because of a frozen pitch.
Manea continue to lead the way in Division 2B after a 6-2 win against St Ives Town Reserves.
Geoff Hutchinson and David Anguila both hit two goals and Mark Wales and Daniel Waite were also on target. Manea are some five points clear of Isleham at the top
Manager James Waters said: “It was another good performance but a but disappointing to concede two goals.
“Things are going very well at the moment but we face two tough games against Isleham next week and then Witchford so if we can win them we will be on target to win the title.”
One team who may have a different view are local rivals Doddington United who have already beaten Manea this season and are in fourth place with games in hand of Manea. They were 2-1 winners on Saturday against Over Sports Reserves.
Michael Anderton and free-scoring Gary Smith were on target with Over scoring from the penalty spot.
Manager Jock Bedford is reluctant to talk about titles and commented: “We played well and had a lot of chances. The most important thing for us this season is to keep improving and playing good football. Then if we are good enough we may have a chance of the title.”
March Rangers lost out 5-3 to third placed Godmanchester Reserves and have only won once in their last seven games. They had David Blake sent off and Thomas Denston 2 and Matt Bruce scored the goals.
Wisbech St Mary Reserves moved above Rangers in the table with an impressive 5-1 win against Milton Reserves. Shane Miller scored twice and other goals came from Jess Hemmings, Jack Mockford and sub Ricky Mason.
Benwick Athletic are also looking for a promotion from Division 4B. They top the table and were in very good form with a 4-0 win at Soham United Reserves. Dayne Moore scored twice with Matt Grainger and Jason Harrison also on the scoresheet.
Second placed Wisbech St Mary A remain on course for a second promotion in second place with a 3-0 victory over Barton Mills. Alex Wiles came off the bench to score twice and Martin Wright was also on target.
Coldham’s title challenge in Division 5D took a dent with a 4-3 defeat against Northend. Their goals came from Josh Bothamley Lewis Greening and Elliot Vanhinsbergh.
Louie Eryres, Martin Pettit and John Feltell 2 scored for Northend.
Other results – Division 5D: Manea Res 0, Mepal Res 1; March Rangers Res 0, Doddington Res 3; Walsoken 1, Estover Park Reserves 13; Wimblington A 3 Outwell Swifts Res 0.