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Parson Drove Reserves unlucky not to beat league leaders

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There were draws for Wisbech Town and March Town on Saturday afternoon, with Wisbech St Mary without a game.

Wisbech remain outside the BetVictor Northern Premier League south east division relegation spot after a 0-0 home draw with Loughborough Dynamo while March stay in the fourth promotion place of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League division one north after a 2-2 draw at fifth placed Norwich CBS. Toby Allen and substitute Lewis Gibson got the Hares goals.

In our featured match this week, 11th placed Parson Drove Reserves held undefeated league leaders Holbeach United Sports to a 1-1 draw in division three of the ChromaSport Peterborough & District League. Drove took a first half lead through Ajay Jolly and went close to a second when the impressive Jamie Leet saw a shot well saved on his debut.

Ajay Jolly puts Parson Drove Reserves 1-0 up.
Ajay Jolly puts Parson Drove Reserves 1-0 up.

However, the visitors came back into the game after the break and scored from a controversial free kick, given for a contested foul. Manager Martin Pettit thought his side deserved victory and was disappointed with the free kick decision.

Before the game, Drove were presented with a new kit and tracksuits by Wisbech-based home healthcare business Caerus Care. Pettit said: "I'd like to thank director Gary Dobson and Caerus Care for the sponsorship. The tracksuit and kit are fantastic and we now go into games looking the part."

Mr Dobson said: “Caerus Care is dedicated to providing high-quality service for vulnerable people, employing local staff and supporting Fenland businesses. This is a great opportunity to invest in a community club and support active participation."

Gary Dobson and Ryan Shockley-Rowe of Caerus Care present one of the new shirts to Parson Drove Reserves manager Martin Pettit.
Gary Dobson and Ryan Shockley-Rowe of Caerus Care present one of the new shirts to Parson Drove Reserves manager Martin Pettit.

Also in division three, Tydd Reserves drew 1-1 with Wittering Harriers Reserves.

In the premier division, both our local teams in action lost, with Leverington Sports going down 3-1 at second placed Stamford Lions, with Matt Cawthorne scoring, and bottom of the table Tydd being thrashed 8-0 at home to Thorney.

In division two, Leverington Sports Reserves were defeated 4-1 at home to Thorpe Wood Rangers, with 16-year-old Dan Roberts getting the goal.

In division 5A, Long Sutton Athletic A are up to second after fighting back from 2-1 down at the break to record a great 3-2 win at leaders Deeping United, with goals from Jake Clitheroe and Joe Harrison. In 5B Sutton Bridge went down 5-4 at Stamford Lions A.

Parson Drove Reserves celebrate Ajay Jolly's goal.
Parson Drove Reserves celebrate Ajay Jolly's goal.

In the Cambridgeshire County League Kershaw Premier there was another heavy defeat for second-from-bottom Chatteris Town, losing 5-0 at home to fellow strugglers Ely City Reserves.

In Kershaw Senior A, March Town Reserves beat Whittlesford United 2-0 with goals from Sean White and James Mortlock, while in Mead Plant & Grab 1B, Chatteris Town Reserves went down 7-0 at Alconbury.

In Mead Plant & Grab 2B, March Town A are in second place after thrashing derby rivals Wisbech St Mary A 5-0, with goals from Jordan Buckingham, Keaton Smith, Alexsej Keisel (2) and Tomas Pranauskas. Wisbech Acorns are now level with the Saints at the bottom of the table after getting a good 1-1 draw at Exning United, where Anthony Horn was the goalscorer.

FC Parson Drove Reserves v Holbeach United Sports.
FC Parson Drove Reserves v Holbeach United Sports.

Outwell Swifts, from Mead Plant & Grab 2B, are through to the final of the Cambs Junior Challenge Cup after a convincing 5-0 home win over 1A side Balsham, who are three divisions above them. Goals came from Luke Plumb (2 pens), Jack Brand, Ben Jimson and substitute Connor Young.

But there will be no final meeting with fellow 2B title contenders Walpole after they lost their semi-final 2-0 at Cherry Hinton Reserves, also of 1A, with the goals coming from an own goal and a defensive mix up. The final will be played on Wednesday, April 15 at Histon FC, with a 7.30pm kick-off.

In 3B March Academy lost their top three clash at The Eagle (Ely) 2-1, their goal coming from Adam Conyard.

In 4C Fen Tigers were defeated 5-0 at home to Witchford 96 Reserves and Chatteris Town A stay rock bottom after a 6-0 beating at Littleport Town.

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