Benwick, Chatteris, Wisbech Acorns, Fen Tigers Engineers, Outwell Swifts and Walpole Reserves all through in Cup
Cambs County League clubs switched their focus from the league yesterday as the North Cambs Junior Cup swung into action.
In our featured match, Kershaw 1B side Chatteris Town overcame 2B outfit Wimblington 3-1, with Jack McLoughlin, Harley Williams and Joshua Westley getting the Lilies goals.
Kershaw 3C's bottom side Doddington United lost 2-1 at home to Wisbech Town Acorns, who are bottom of 2B, Simon Smith and Craig Brighty netting for Acorns. Fellow 2B strugglers Guyhirn lost to 3C side Fen Tigers Engineers 2-1, Dean Joyce with his sixth of the season and sub Kai Wales scoring for Engineers.
4C leaders Outwell Swifts won 4-1 at 3C side Manea United, goals coming from doubles by Ross Beart and Adan-Jay Lewis, who now has 14 for the campaign.
It was a losing start for new Fenmen boss Jonny Pearce as Kershaw 4C side AFC Walpole Reserves shocked Peterborough League Division One outfit Wisbech Town Reserves 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Pawel Kaluzny, Jordan Jolly and Ajay Jolly all came close scoring for Wisbech in the first half, with Samuel Bedwell-Byatt dragging maybe the best chance of the half wide.
The Honey Badgers were more dangerous in the second half with the wind behind them but it was Jordan Jolly’s brilliant through ball that saw Ajay Jolly poke it under the advancing keeper to give the Fenmen a deserved lead.
Kaluzny and Hempson both came close to increasing the lead but the Badgers equalised through Will Ketteringham's third of the season in the 85th minute, before, in the final minute, Jordan Jolly was brought down in the area, only to see his spot kick saved by Walpole's man of the match Josh Leet.
Hempson, Bedwell and Ajay Jolly scored the first three but it was debutant Rob Lee who placed his penalty high and wide, leaving the Badgers to score there final kick and progress.
Pearce said: "I feel the lads did enough to win the game in 90 minutes. When we kept the ball on the floor we looked good and created enough chances but you have to take them. This was the first time some of these lads have played together so I have no complaints and there are promising signs to take from the performance."
Benwick Athletic of Kershaw 1B are through after thrashing Peterborough League Division Three side Leverington Sports Reserves 6-3, Max Bailey (2), James Harness (2), Scott Goodger and Dayne Moore netting for Athletic while Paul Clarke (2) and Grant Thompson scored for Sports. But 1B outfit March Town United A were beaten 3-2 at Whittlesey Athletic Reserves of Peterborough League Division One. Josh Bryant with his fifth of the season and Rob Munden scored for the Hares.
In the Kershaw Premier, March Town United Reserves are up to a season's best seventh after a 5-0 win at bottom side Fulbourn Institute, Stefano Cavozzi (2), Sean White, Alex Thorne and Aaron Wykes scoring.
But their was a first defeat of the campaign for AFC Walpole in Senior B, losing 3-0 at Cambridge University Press Reserves in a game of few chances.
In Kershaw 2B, Chatteris Town Reserves went down 4-3 at Burwell Tigers, Billy Munns, Wayne Bostock and Brian Smith scoring the Lilies goals, while in 3B Wimblington Reserves were beaten 2-1 at home by Oakington Vikings Youth.
In the Peterborough League, Leverington Sports shared the points with Stamford Belvedere after a 4-4 draw, Brandon Carpenter, Harley Hollis, Rob Hitchcock with his seventh of the season and Billy Barnes scoring. But Long Sutton Athletic slip to bottom of the table after a 2-0 home defeat to Wittering Premiair.
In the Lincolnshire Junior Cup, Tydd lost a very tight game in the last 16, 3-2 at home to North Somercotes United. In Division Three, Tydd Reserves lost 3-1 at Wittering Premiair A.
There was a fourth defeat of the season for Sutton Bridge United, who slip to third place after a shock 3-2 home defeat to bottom side Orton Rangers Reserves. Joseph Sutton with his sixth of the season and sub Rian Lakey got the Bridge goals.
Leverington Sports A remain bottom of Division Five after losing 3-0 at home to Ramsey Town Reserves.
Upwell Town are up to fourth in Division One of the North West Norfolk League, after a 5-3 win at Denver. Sam Cubberley netted twice to make it eight this season and Jesse Hemmings and 16-year-old Alex Neve also scored.But the goal of the day came with the scores level at 3-3 when visiting keeper Henry Price scored direct from a goal kick. Ricky Bowden was sent off for two yellows.
Marshland Saints were beaten 4-2 at Watlington Sports & Social Club, Dave Abbott and Alan Jex netting for Saints. In Division Three, Marshland Saints Reserves were beaten at home 5-4 by Runcton Holme, Harvey Pearce netting a hat-trick and Sonny Wright also scoring.