City stay ahead
Saturday football SENIOR DIVISION A ELY City Reserves won at Lakenheath to stay one step and one point ahead of Hundon, who were also successful away from home. City were on top from the start, and deservedly established a 20th-minute lead when David Corn
SENIOR DIVISION A
ELY City Reserves won at Lakenheath to stay one step and one point ahead of Hundon, who were also successful away from home. City were on top from the start, and deservedly established a 20th-minute lead when David Cornwell fired home from 18 yards.
Gareth Arter tapped home number two following another good move, and Andrew Lee - from just inside his opponents' half - chipped the ball home over a stranded goalkeeper to make the interval score 3-0.
Lakenheath improved after the break and pulled one back in the worsening conditions, but Ely substitute Liam Hart broke through in the closing stages to seal a 4-1 win for the visitors.
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STRETHAM Hotspurs maintained their 100 per cent start to 2007 - and moved up to ninth spot in the process - by twice coming from a goal down to beat basement club Bluntisham Rangers Reserves.
Sloppy defending enabled Bluntisham to take the lead midway through the first period, but Alex Gray capped an impressive personal display by scoring with a half-volley on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors were under pressure throughout the second period, but won a penalty with 15 minutes remaining to lead 2-1. Substitute Leigh Iball was introduced to the fray with 10 minutes remaining, however, and he struck twice from close range to secure a 3-2 win for Hotspurs.
"We thoroughly deserved the points in the end," said Stretham boss Paul Wells, adding: "It's just that we gave ourselves a bit of a scare here and there."
FORDHAM Reserves participated in yet another goal-fest as they overcame the challenge of St Ives Town A.
Ollie Foreman opened the scoring, and Grant Pearson's excellent strike doubled the home advantage before the break.
St Ives responded with a goal straight after the restart, but Foreman's run into the box was stopped by a foul and Ian Butterworth stepped up to make it 3-1 from the spot.
The visitors once again reduced the deficit to a single goal, but the game was put beyond recall with a sensational effort. Clinton Cornwell found Pearson out wide, and the youngster's first-time cross was volleyed home in style by Clive Boucheron.
Foreman wrapped up a 5-3 win with his second goal of the afternoon after the visitors had managed to reduce the arrears for a third time.
LOWER JUNIOR CUP QUARTER-FINAL
DIVISION 3B leaders Pymoor FC were mugged on the counter-attack as they hosted 4A contenders Cambridge University Press A in the last eight of the competition.
Pymoor were the better side - hitting the woodwork on four occasions and scoring three times through David Harvey (2) and Steve Yarrow. But Press made the most of the opportunities that came their way to run out 4-3 winners.
MEPAL Sports produced another atrocious performance as they suffered a second successive 1-0 home defeat, this time at the hands of Exning Athletic.
THE Vine Reserves were held 2-2 at March Rangers despite a Pierce Mason double, and Burwell Swifts Reserves moved above them in the table by virtue of a 3-1 home win against third-placed Fenstanton Reserves.