Saints show their intentions

WISBECH St Mary were beaten finalists in the William Cockell Cup last season and showed they mean business in the competition again this season with a 7-1 win over Girton United on Saturday.

Darren Hurst ended a long barren spell with the first goal, and a Dan Fysh penalty and a Kevin Smith strike put Saints 3-0 up at the break.

They continued to dominate the proceedings after the break with Joe Whybourn, substitute Chris Macaree 2 and Stu Brown adding further goals for a 7-1 romp.

A happy manager Arran Duke said: “It was a good performance and we were always comfortable.

“Because it was a cup game I swopped things round a bit and thankfully it all worked very well.”

Saints, who lead the Senior A table, resume league action next weekend with a game against Hundon.

Wimblington lost 6-1 at struggling Needingworth and as a result Wisbech Town Reserves, who did not have a game, are now in bottom spot.

Wimblington were well in the game at half-time at 2-1 with Paul Shafer scoring.

The home side made it 3-1 early in the second half and manager Dean Stacy brought on three subs only to then lose goalkeeper Alex Redhead with an injury and they were reduced to 10 men.

Shaun Cutler went in goal and made two good saves before Needingworth made the most of an extra man to add three goals.

Stacy commented: “We are so inconsistent, but fair credit to Needingworth they wanted it more than we did.”

Chatteris Town made it two successive draws with a 2-2 result against Newmarket Reserves in the Premier Division but it was a game that they really should have won.

Jake Batizovszky gave them the lead after 20 minutes and they had the chances then to have won the game in the first half but failed to add to their tally.

Newmarket equalised early in the second half but the Lilies hit back with an Aaron Asvardi goal to regain the lead at 2-1 but could still not put the game to bed and Newmarket grabbed an equaliser with 15 minutes to go.

Manager Steve Taylor said: “Once we got in front in the first half we should have scored three or four goals. But at least it showed we are on the right track.”

Two goals from James Parker helped Outwell Swifts to a very welcome point in a 2-2 draw against fellow strugglers Swavesey in Senior B.

March Town Reserves, who are still seeking their first points of the season, lost 3-1 at league leaders Earith United in Division 1B.

Robert Taylor and Phil Kowbas scored the March goals.

Chatteris Town Reserves lost 3-0 at Bluntisham Rangers.

Manea United’s 100 per cent record in Division 2B finally came to an end at the eighth attempt when they lost 2-1 to local rivals Doddington United.

Manea still have a five-point lead at the top of the table but were certainly below their best in this game due to a piece of homework by Doddington boss Jock Bedford.

Bedford had watched Manea play the previous week and hatched a plan to stop the league leaders playing and it paid off handsomely.

“We are a bit gung-ho and they’re a good side so we had to change our tactics a bit and it worked well.

“We have only a young side but they do listen so they are learning.

“But Manea have some good players and I think they will be promoted at the end of the season.”

Michael Croucher and Gary Smith scored the Doddington goals.

Manea boss James Waters said: “They stopped us playing and deserved their win.”

March Rangers and Wisbech St Mary both lost their game.

Rangers went down 1-0 at St Ives Rangers and WSM were beaten 4-1 at Sutton United.

In the John Ablett Cup there was a 3-1 win for Benwick against Mepal but WSM A lost 2-0 at Bar Hill. Chatteris A also went out when they could not raise a team for their tie at Abington.

In Division 3B Wimblington Reserves and Exning drew 0-0. Both teams had chances to snatch the win but Wimblington’s man of the match keeper Luke Fage made some fine saves to earn Wimblington a point

Northend made it four games unbeaten in Division 5D with a 3-1 win against Outwell Swifts Reserves.

They trailed 1-0 but then sub Luke Venni headed them level just after the restart and James Spooner and sub Kane Melton made sure of the points.

Coldham beat WSM C 3-2 when they came from behind twice in the game.

Their goals came from Kevin Smith, Eli Frankham and Lewis Greening.