Saints clinch promotion with emphatic victory

WISBECH St Mary clinched promotion for Cambs League Senior B with an emphatic 8-1 win against Comberton on Saturday.

The three points also give the Saints a very good chance to take the title with a three-point advantage with just two games to go and a match against their nearest challengers Great Paxton in the final game.

Joe Whybourn led the goalscoring on Saturday with a hat-trick and other goals came from Michael Chow, Keith Smith, Dean Jimson, Jon Secker and Chris Macaree. Comberton scored from the penalty spot.

Boss Darren Hurst said: “It was another good performance – a comfortable win. If we can win next week against Longstanton we will possibly need only a draw against Great Paxton in the final game to become champions.”

Outwell Swifts followed up their 1-0 win in midweek against Ely A with a 5-3 victory against West Wratting to improve their chances of avoiding relegation dramatically.

Ben Bothamley, the former Saints player, hit a hat-trick and Josh Avis and Ben Jimson were also on target. Swifts are now third from bottom but have games in hand of the three teams above them in the table.

Manager Paul Brenchley said: “We are not out of the woods yet but we have winnable games coming up.”

Chatteris Town scraped home 4-3 against West Wratting in the Premier Division after a spell of drawn games. But really it should have been a lot easier.

The Lilies were by far the better team in the first half but missed a host of chances in a goalless first 45 minutes. They then found themselves 1-0 down early in the second half. But the response was good with two goals in two minutes from Jack Saunders and Aaron Bailey to lead 2-1.

Wratting got back on terms with a second goal but only for Chatteris to forge ahead again with Aiden Hollis on target for 3-2. But West Wratting just never gave in and equalised for a second time before Saunders scored the winner.

Substitute Andy Moye had a part in two of the goals and manager Jimmy Unwin confessed: “Andy showed his class and really changed the game. We should have had goals in the first half and really made hard work of what should have been an easier win.”

Wimblington improved their outside chances of avoiding relegation with a good 3-2 win at Cherry Hinton in Senior A.

The visitors led 3-1 at half-time with goals from Ash Daplyn, Richard Parish and Andy Harvey. Cherry Hinton hit back with a goal 25 minutes from the end and Wimblington were under pressure at the end to hold on.

Manager Dean Stacey said: “We have just one game left and must win and hope teams around us drop points. But nobody really knows how many teams will go down this season so there is still hope.”

March Town Reserves beat Haddenham Rovers 4-1 in Division 1B and must be cursing their poor patch at the start of the year, but for which they must have been challenging for promotion.

Tom Brown scored twice in the first half and Greg Hoffman added two after the break.

March are in the Junior Cup final against Elsworth at Histon tonight and manager Phil White said: “We will be going into the final in good form now.”

Tydd United remain top of Division 3B on goal difference despite only drawing 4-4 with Streatham Hotspur.

Wisbech St Mary A got back to winning ways in Division 4B with a 6-2 win against Haddenham Rovers but third place is the best they can hope for this season.

Estover Park Reserves put the abandoned game from last week behind them with a 2-0 win at Manea Utd Res in Cambs League 5D. Manea’s Christian Tuffee was denied in the first half with a goalline clearance from Park’s Ray Oakley.

Eddie Rust set up Karl Summersgill to score early in the second half and a fine Stu Kitchin pass allowed Gareth Puleston to score the second.