Three red cards for Saints in a disappointing defeat

WISBECH St Mary had three players sent off when they lost out 3-2 to Fulbourn Institute in the Cambs Premier Division on Saturday.

The red cards all came in the second half with Jack Mockford, Marley Coe and Wayne Morton taking early showers.

Saints also made a poor start to the game when they found themselves 2-0 down inside four minutes.

Mark Newton reduced the arrears before the break and equalised early in the second half. But then Mockford picked up a second yellow card and Coe was saw a straight red for allegedly stamping on a player.

Fulbourn took advantage with a third goal and in the last minute Morton received a second yellow card.

Saints manager Arran Duke said: “It was a real bad day at the office. I did not agree with two of the red cards. Marley Coe was given a straight red but even their players agreed he did not stamp on the player and had we not gone down to nine players then I think we might have won.

“It is really frustrating because it has cost us points, but also we now have three suspensions to come.”

Wimblington are also struggling in Senior A after a 3-0 defeat against Girton United has left them with one point from six games.

Dean Stacy said: “Four players pulled out late on including the goalkeeper which does not help. We had chances after the break but they then hit us with two late goals.

“We now have two cup games against Fulbourn to hopefully get a win under our belts.”

Outwell Swifts enjoyed a 2-0 home win against Royston Town A in Senior B with both goals scored by player-manager Mark Secker.

Secker said: “I am happy with the battling performance we put in. We are starting to click as a team now and the results are starting to come. Leeroy Peeling was immense in goal for us as was Jonjo Parker at the heart of the defence.”

Doddington top the Division 1B table and manager Jock Bedford believes there is still better to come from his team.

Bedford’s side have won successive promotions but have made a very good start to the season with three wins from four games losing to local rivals Manea.

In midweek Bedford felt his team produced their best display since he has been in charge for the last three seasons by beating Somersham 2-0 away.

On Saturday they enjoyed a 2-1 success against Wisbech St Mary Reserves in the Creake Shield with Jamie Fuller and Seve Revell on target and in midweek the goalscorers were Lee Barnett and Paul Rowell.

But last season’s top scorer Gary Smith has played just once this season after being attacked by a dog and receiving facial injuries.

Bedford said: “We played really well at Somersham and it was the best performance since I took charge. We not only have Gary missing but three or four other players also. I am a bit surprised how well we have started this season in a higher league because we have lot of young players, but they have done well.”

The club enjoyed a very good day with both the reserve and A teams winning too for a treble.

It has not been a great start to the season for March Town Reserves who have lost both their league games following a 4-1 home defeat against Witchford on Saturday.

Tydd United were on the end of another heavy defeat in Division 2B losing 10-0 against St Ives Town Res.

March Rangers are still looking for their first win of the season after a 3-2 defeat at at Sutton United.

Estover Park and Benwick fill the top two places in Division 3B.

Estover beat Mildenhall United 3-2 to go three points clear. They were 2-0 down but Gareth Puleston 2 and Lee Redhead hit second half goals. Assistant manager Gary Davis said: “It’s great to be top, even at this early stage of the season, as we have a new look team from last season.”

Benwick had a 3-2 home win against Haddenham Rovers in the John Ablett Cup with Matthew Grainger, Josh Harlock and Dayne Moore on target.

Other results, Division 5D: Coldham 1, Littleport A 1; Doddington A 2, Outwell Swifts Res 1; Earith Res 2, Chatteris Fen Tigers 2; March Rangers Res 3, WSM C 4; Upwell 6, Wimblington A 3; Walsoken 4, March Saracens 2.

John Ablett Cup: Wimblington Res 4, Little Downham 1, WSM A 4, West Row Gunners Res 1; Doddington Res 4, Bottisham Res 3 (aet).

Reg Haigh Cup: Papworth Res 2, Gorefield 3.