Mixed cup fortunes as Witchford win while Magpies seal progress

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Jon Bartlett (right) celebrates after scoring for Witchford 96 against Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

There were mixed fortunes for our local football teams in the spring sunshine at the weekend, while others bolstered their status as ones to watch. 

The Cambridgeshire County League’s Senior and Intermediate Cups have still yet to be completed, while some of our sides have confirmed their spot in the knockout stages of the Junior Cup on Saturday. 

Witchford 96 are one of those teams looking to progress into the Senior Cup quarter-finals thanks to a 3-1 win over Bluntisham Rangers in Group C. 

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Witchford 96 celebrate their first goal against Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Conor Loker scored twice and Jon Bartlett also netted for the hosts, meaning six points from their next two games would guarantee them a place in the last eight. 

In the same group, Soham Town Rangers Reserves lost 6-0 at group winners Hemingfords United, while Wisbech St Mary Reserves were beaten at Somersham Town. 

Fordham were thrashed 4-0 at Kershaw Premier side Linton Granta in Group E, as Isleham United forfeited their match with West Wratting as they were unable to raise a team. 

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

In the Intermediate Cup, Benwick Athletic and Doddington United served up a four-goal cracker in Group A as the pair drew 2-2, Jack Eldridge and Gary Smith netting for United. 

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Stretham solidified their spot in the knockout phase with a 4-2 win over Exning United in Group D, while Ely City ‘A’ could not build on their midweek triumph after losing to Swavesey Institute. 

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

AFC Christchurch and Fen Tigers Engineers ensured their progress in the Junior Cup with narrow wins. 

Josh Ingram’s strike against Benwick Athletic Reserves meant the Magpies would be confirmed Group B winners, while Tigers’ 2-1 triumph over Doddington United Reserves meant they would join the villagers in the last 16. 

In the other group game, Guyhirn Reserves won 3-1 against March Academy Reserves. 

There were also wins for Witchford 96 Reserves, Lt Downham & Pymoor Swifts, AFC Ely and Wicken. 

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

On Tuesday, Witchford won 11-0 against Wisbech St Mary Reserves, Fordham lost at Newmarket Town Reserves while Ely City ‘A’ beat Over Sports Reserves 5-2.

Guyhirn beat March Academy 1-0 on Wednesday.

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Here are some selected ties for the last 16 of the Junior Cup (to be played on Saturday, May 8): 

- AFC Christchurch vs Hartford Rangers 

- Brampton Reserves vs Fen Tigers Engineers 

- Needingworth United vs Witchford 96 Reserves 

- Lt Downham & Pymoor Swifts vs Girton United 

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Action from Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Referee Matthew Leach talks to players from both Witchford 96 and Bluntisham Rangers. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Adam Richards points instructions to his Witchford 96 players during their match with Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

Witchford 96 vs Bluntisham Rangers May 2021

Witchford 96 prepare to defend a free-kick against Bluntisham Rangers in the Cambridgeshire County League Senior Cup. - Credit: Daniel Mason/Archant

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