Young leaving as Lilies beat drop

CHATTERIS Town caretaker-manager Julian Young enjoyed his best win since taking charge three months ago with a 2-1 win against Fulbourn on Saturday but he will not be continuing in the role next season.

The surprise news came out at the weekend with Young explaining: “As much as I would like to continue as manager I just do not have the time to commit for a full season. It is a great pity but it is just not the right time for me at the moment but I would certainly think about doing it in the future again.

“I already run Chatteris Tigers under 16 team and will be taking them to under 18 level next season as they progress to men’s football. I will still stay involved with the club and will also help coach and play for the A team when time permits.

“I have really enjoyed my time in charge of the first team and am delighted that we have managed to steer clear of relegation. Russell Warby has been a great help but the players have also done very well for us too, carrying out the instructions and working hard in the games.

“The team have proved in the last few games that they are not a side who should be struggling near the foot of the table and I am sure with two or three additions they can do well next season.”

Chairman Steve Bright said: “I am very sorry that Julian cannot carry on as he and Russell Warby have done a really good job for the club. On behalf of the club I would like to thank them both for their efforts and turning the team’s season round.

“It is good that Julian will be running the under 18 team next season and so will remain very much involved with the club.

“We do not have anyone in mind for the first team manager’s job at the moment and will be advertising the post so anyone interested should contact me on 07900 327270.”

One possible candidate could be former March Town player Steve Bedford who has done such a sterling job with Doddington over the last two seasons and has the coaching qualifications too.

Young was well chuffed with his side’s Cambs Premier Division home win against fifth placed Fulbourn after he only had a bare 11 players at kick off including himself.

Jack Saunders ended his spell without a goal when linking up well with Richie Allen to score the opener after 11 minutes.

But five minutes later Fulbourn equalised to leave the teams level at the break.

The 47-year-old Young was able to come off at the break when Aaron Bailey arrived from work and Tony Brown was once again pushed into a striker’s role.

For the third time in recent games the move paid off when Brown clipped the ball over the top of a central defender and his shot from the edge of the box found the corner of the net.

Earlier in the half Ellis Acaster pulled off a tremendous save moving quickly off his line to deny a Fulbourn striker as he closed down on goal.

Young said: “To beat a team like Fulbourn, who are in two cup finals, was fantastic.

“We had two late call offs and I had no option but to start myself but fortunately Aaron arrived at the break.

“I said I wanted to finish the season unbeaten and really I was counting on a draw from this game so the three points is a real bonus.

“We have Somersham and Brampton to play in our last two games and it would be nice to finish above Somersham.”

It was also a good day for Chatteris Town Reserves who won 5-2 at Cottenham Reserves which should be enough to keep them in Division 1B next season.

Their goals came from Alex Ashley 2, Simon Howard and Oliver Cooper Clark 2.

Manager Bright said: “It is a relief that we have avoided relegation because things did not look good a couple of months ago.”

March Town Reserves lost 1-0 at home to Bluntsiham Rangers.