Butler steals show

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Haddenham Rovers Colts 1

Ely Crusaders 2

ELY Crusaders picked up their second league win.

Both goalkeepers played superbly in a thrilling game but Haddenham took the lead when Kieran Petty's corner flew into the net.

Ely came back strongly and second-half goals from George Leech and Alex Brown proved decisive.

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Ely's man of the match was Jake Butler after a strong all-round performance.

Haddenham squad: William Darlington, Jake Alsop, Joseph Alsop, Matthew Wright, Kieren Petty, Joshua Lowe, Matthew Beary, Nicholas Threadgold, Charlie Tunnell.

Newmarket 3 Witchford 3

WITCHFORD maintained their unbeaten run with a hard-fought draw.

Despite starting the brighter, Witchford went behind.

They rallied and were rewarded when the Newmarket keeper handled outside the area and Callum Munden scored from the free-kick.

Witchford then went 3-1 up after goals from Ben Lymer, following good work by Max Loker, and then through Loker himself, with a strong run and neat finish into the corner.

Newmarket pulled one back in the final quarter as the Witchford players began to tire, and then scored an equaliser soon after.

Witchford squad: Sam Brewer, Callum Munden, Alex Matcham, Ben Lymer, Jordan Emms, Jack Sheridan, Henry Green, Max Loker.

Soham Utd Youths 8 Waterbeach 0

SOHAM picked up a superb win against Waterbeach in an exciting game on Saturday.

Scorers for Soham were: Joseph Brannan (3), Joseph Bell (2), Owen Bailey, Evan Baird-Timmins and Jack Crowe, who was captain. Joseph Bell was awarded the man of the match for Soham.

Burwell Tigers 1 Mepal Sports 12

MEPAL continued their unbeaten start to the season with a comprehensive win.

Jacob Waters was quickly into his goalscoring stride, combining well with George Rayner and Kassem Silvain, as the visitors played some good attacking football.

While Waters (4), Rayner (2) and Silvain all got their names on the scoresheet, there was also the opportunity for two of Sports' defensive stalwarts to star in front of goal.

First, Thomas Smith struck a fine left-footed effort into the corner and then Joe-Joe Corlito grabbed a magnificent hat-trick in a matter of minutes with some excellent finishing.

Burwell continued to battle well and deserved their consolation, while Shane Whatley completed the scoring.

Mepal: Dean Baxter, James Knox, Joe-Joe Corlito, Thomas Smith, Joshua Fenner, Ashley Howlett, Kassem Silvain, George Rayner, Harrison Jones, Shane Whatley, Jacob Waters, James Rayson.

Newmarket Town 2

Stretham Sporting 3

STRETHAM made it three wins out of three to continue their great start to the season.

Harry Alexander and Joe Bailey gave the visitors a 2-0 lead at half-time.

Newmarket then pulled back two but a late goal from Max Bovingdon secured a deserved win.


Haddenham Rovers Colts 3

Burwell Swallows 3

HADDENHAM produced another excellent display but a spirited Burwell fightback denied them their first win of the season.

Haddenham took the lead within 10 minutes, when a good run and cross by James Beary deflected off a Burwell defender into the net.

Rovers doubled their lead through Joe Snooks, before Burwell pulled back a goal with a shot from the edge of the area.

Haddenham's Alex Lowe scored the best goal of the game in the second half when he ran the length of the pitch and coolly slotted the ball past the Burwell keeper. Haddenham began to tire and Burwell pulled back two goals, late in the game, to earn a draw.

Haddenham squad: Richard Padmore, Matthew Morton, Jake Bartolozzi, Alex Lowe, Kieran Drummond, John Falconer, James Beary, Joe Snooks.

Haddenham Rovers B 0

Soham Town Colts 8

AN EXCELLENT team display gave Soham a comfortable win to keep their unbeaten run intact.

Both teams started the game strongly, with the ball going from end to end, but Soham took the initiative and scored twice before half-time.

The two-goal cushion gave Soham confidence and in the second half they went on to score six more goals.

Soham scorers were Benji Webster-Ward (2), Paul Masterton (2), Alex Know-Hooke (3) and Tom Morriss. Man of the match was Jack Bye.

Cottenham Utd 3 Soham Utd 4

SOHAM United came out on top after this seven-goal thriller.

Cottenham took the lead but Soham were swift to level with a goal from Paul Wallis.

Wallis scored two more to complete his hat-trick before half-time as Soham established a 3-1 lead.

Cottenham pulled back a goal early in the second half but Soham continued to battle hard, and their defence showed great character, with goalkeeper Liam Mann making several good saves.

Soham extended their lead with a goal from the left slotted in by Sam Minns before Cottenham pulled one back, but the visitors held on for the win.

Soham's man of the match was Oliver Radford.

Cambs Colts League Cup

St Neots Saints 3

Witchford Colts 4

WITCHFORD secured their passage to the second round with a fine win.

Andrew George started the scoring with a brilliant header from a corner after five minutes and St Neots equalised 10 minutes later.

Witchford were well organised and playing well and it wasn't long before Lewis Woollard scored to make it 2-1. Woollard scored his second just before half-time with a well-placed close-range shot.

Witchford kept up the pressure in the second half and Lewis completed his hat-trick with a penalty.

St Neots then capitalised on defensive errors and scored two goals in the last 10 minutes but Witchford hung on for the win.


Chatteris Town B 0

Littleport Town 18

'PORT dominated this game and scored within minutes. By the break, they led 8-0 and scored a further 10 goals in the second half.

Debut-making Nico Bishop scored a hat-trick and other scorers were Charlie Bowditch (4), Arron Heaps (3), Luke Thompson (3), Joseph Murfitt (3), Kiaran Phillips and Ben Hawkins.

Littleport team: Sam Barker, Kiaran Phillips, Jake Kennedy, Charlie Bowditch, Ben Jewitt, Arron Heaps, Luke Thompson, Ashton Oakes, Ben Hawkins, Nico Bishop, Joseph Murfitt, Jake Browning.

Soham Town Colts 5

Chesterton 2

SOHAM picked up a brilliant first win since playing 11-a-side.

The game started evenly but Chesterton took the lead. Robson Baker then equalised with a fine strike and Lewis Freestone struck from close to the halfway line to give Soham a 2-1 lead at half-time.

Soham came out full of confidence in the second half and a Baker header and a Jez Marshall strike put them 4-1 ahead. Chesterton then pulled back a goal before Aiden Mould scored Soham's fifth to secure the win.

Little Downham Eagles 2

Needingworth Colts 5

A DISAPPOINTING first-half performance by the Eagles led to their first defeat of the season against a well organised side.

The visitors were 2-0 up within 20 minutes. Jack Ure pulled one back with an excellent run and powerful shot to score in his fourth successive game, but Needingworth scored two more before the interval.

Eagles improved in the second half and, after conceding a fifth, Aaron Canham scored with a shot from the right.


Ely City 0 Ely Crusaders 8

TWO Ely teams were fired up for this derby but Crusaders' class shone through.

Crusaders were 3-0 up at half-time after goals from Nicholas Kyndt, Alfa Balde and Luke Hayes.

City pushed for goals in the second half but were caught on the break and goals from Luke Hayes (2), Cameron Robb (2) and man of the match Alfa Balde secured the win.


Soham Town Colts 3

Sawston Utd Youth 0

SOHAM continued their promising start to the season with a comfortable win on Sunday.

Dan Brook scored the only goal of the first half after he was cleverly put through by a Craig Allen pass.

Soham continued to dominate in the second half and went two-up when Anthony Duncombe ran through the defence to round the keeper and slot home.

Soham were then awarded a penalty after Duncombe was fouled which Simon Murfitt confidently converted.

Allen won the Soham man of the match award for a dominant performance in midfield.

Soham squad: Ben Nicholas, Josh Heaps, Simon Murfitt, Dalton Isaacson, Dan Sadler, Joel Frey, Craig Allen, Dan Whitwell, Dan Brook, Ruben Carvalho, Michae Rola, Owen Grainger, Anthony Duncombe.

Ely City 1 St Ives 1

ELY were unfortunate not to come away with three points after this hard-fought match.

Sam Bryan made a crucial interception as he pinched the ball off the foot of a St Ives striker who was about to shoot and, at the other end, Jamie McCarthy, Liam Heaps, Ryan Howell and Matt Waites all came close to scoring.

City took the lead when Will Law battled well down the left and placed an inch-perfect shot past the keeper.

St Ives equalised in the second half when a low shot hit a bump and flew into the net.

City almost regained their lead when both Dan Beavis and Liam Heaps went desperately close, and they then had a penalty appeal for a handball waved away as City had six attempts at goal during a scramble.

Alex Newton, Jordan Miller and keeper Sean Richardson all defended well for City.

Man of the match was Will Law.


League Knockout Cup

Swavesey Spartans 1

Littleport Town 4

LITTLEPORT secured their place in the next round with a deserved win.

The home side created early pressure but Littleport kept possession well and went on to create a number of chances. However, a lack of composure in front of goal meant they were squandered.

Littleport did manage to take the lead just before the interval when Sean Monigatti's fierce shot rebounded off the bar to Nick Seaman, whose effort was fumbled by the keeper, and Dan Bell pounced to prod the ball into the net.

The visitors continued to press in the second half but Swavesey made them rue their missed opportunities when they equalised from a corner.

Littleport responded immediately when John Bartlett scored with a penalty and, with confidence restored, they got back to their attacking football.

Two close-range strikes from Tom Evans in the closing stages put the result beyond doubt.

Littleport squad: Rob Wilson, Lee Fuller, John Kelly, Adam Reckless, Matt Fuller, Nick Seaman, Luke Williams, Sam Males, Tom Evans, Dan Bell, Sean Monigatti, Oli Pindar, John Bartlett, James, Elliott, Ryan Middleton.


Soham Town Rangers 7

Thetford Town 0

RANGERS made it three wins in a row, with an accomplished performance, giving them a six-point margin at the top of the league.

A Steve Bell strike in the 21st minute and a Jason Lynch header ensured they were 2-0 up at half-time.

Soham dominated the second half, during which Lynch completed his hat-trick, Bell scored his second, Richard Grimster got on the scoresheet and a Thetford player scored an own goal to secure a stunning 7-0 victory.

Grimster and Cavan Bennet shared the man of the match award.

Soham team: Ryan Overton, Ryan Fitchett, Peter Jackson (Simon Farrow), Richard Grimster, Adam Dean, Sam Riches (Luke Littlechild), Cavan Bennett, Mark Allen, Steven Bell, Jamie Jones (Liam Camp), Jason Lynch. Subs not used: Mark Eastwood, Aaron Carmen.