Crusaders share out a first half baker’s dozen

Under-8 Burwell Tigers B 1 Ely Crusaders 12 CRUSADERS shared all 13 first-half goals around, with eight different players on the scoresheet. Jay Spittles scored twice, including a penalty, and James Barrett, Alex Brown and Evan Jeckells set Ely off to


Burwell Tigers B 1

Ely Crusaders 12

CRUSADERS shared all 13 first-half goals around, with eight different players on the scoresheet.

Jay Spittles scored twice, including a penalty, and James Barrett, Alex Brown and Evan Jeckells set Ely off to a flying start.

Tomas Funnell opened his account for the season and Sam Felton, George Leech and Jake Butler grabbed two each, although Butler's first did finish up in his own net.

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Surprisingly the second half failed to produce any further goals, despite further domination by the Ely side, with Burwell showing great team-spirit.

Crusaders squad: J Barrett, A Brown, J Butler, S Felton, E Frodsham, T Funnell, L Hook, E Jeckells, G Leech, S Scarborough, J Spittles.

Soham Town Colts 2 Isleham 2

SOHAM pulled off a thrilling late comeback to earn a point.

Lewis Cox was immense at the back for Soham, but Isleham struck twice in the third quarter of the match.

Soham fought hard, with Matthew Whitworth superb in midfield.

Jack Challis struck with minutes remaining before Cedric Turner's shot caught the wind, and bounced past the off-guard Isleham goalkeeper.

Soham man of the match: Lewis Cox

Stretham Sporting 3

Cottenham United 3

A WELL-fought game on difficult ground conditions ended in a fair draw. Cottenham pulled level twice after Harry Alexander and Kieran Penny scored for Stretham.

Max Bovingdon trickled home Stretham's third, but despite some great defending, Cottenham equalised for a third time.


Ely Crusaders 7 Newmarket A 2

ELY started poorly but responded with seven goals after going behind.

Max Wright scored a hat-trick, Christopher Lewis struck twice and Finley Logan, Kyle Thurston were all on the scoresheet, while Kyle Thurston, Samuel Quarrier, Alexander Ellwood, Rhys Peckham were outstanding in defence, to ensure that Newmarket were restricted to one more goal.

Ely squad: Alexander Ellwood, Alfie Green, Mark Hady, Edward Kratz, Christopher Lewis, Finley Logan, Samuel Lowe, Rhys Peckham, Samuel Quarrier, Harry Selby Sieve-Wright, Kyle Thurston, Max Wright.


Newmarket Town 0

Haddenham Rovers Colts A 5

A STUNNING strike from captain Alex Lowe set Haddenham Rovers Colts A on the way to a magnificent victory.

The breakthrough came after 15 minutes when Lowe thumped a rising shot into the top corner and Oliver Holden's superb glancing header from Lowe's sweeping cross made it 2-0.

Rovers continued to dominate in the second half and Matthew Morton headed against the bar from Drummond's corner, before Joe Snooks tapped in to make it 3-0.

A James Beary brace completed the scoring, firstly finishing off Lowe's cross/shot, before rounding off an excellent five-man move with a cool strike.

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

Soham Town 2 Chatteris Town 0

SOHAM started strongly against an improved Chatteris side and 15 minutes into the game Dan Bradley scored.

Both teams battled hard and it was well into the second half when Paul Masterton scored Soham's second.

Soham's man of the match: Jordan Brown.


Eaton Socon 2 Littleport Town 2

LITTLEPORT almost came unstuck against an improved Eaton Socon side on Sunday.

The hosts took a deserved lead and after further pressure they doubled their lead in the second half.

Littleport suddenly sparked into life and Nico Bishop's good finish put them back in it.

With time running out Luke Thompson equalised with a superb volley from outside the area.

Littleport squad: Sam Barker, Ben Jewitt, Jake Kennedy, Jake Browning, Kiaran Phillips, Charlie Bowditch (c), Arron Heaps, Joseph Murfitt, Luke Thompson, Ben Hawkins, Nico Bishop, Josh Tollett.


Soham Colts 1 Hundon Hawks 0

A FINE solo effort from Brian Tatay separated the two teams.

Soham's Ross Pears and Liam Ward were denied by some good goalkeeping in the first half.

Now facing the wind, Soham worked hard to keep Hundon out, and Soham stopper Chris Smith was in fine form.

Tatay won the ball on the left wing and beat two defenders before firmly striking the ball into the roof of the net.

Hundon spirits remained high and the game was tense for the final period, but Soham held on to win some much needed points.

Soham Utd 2 Priory Parkside 1

SOHAM resisted a fightback to take the points.

Jack Hindle-Smith's first goal for United gave them the lead after 20 minutes.

Man of the match Ryan Brookes and Michael Wallis ran the show in Soham's defence and Olly Henderson sneaked in a second goal right on half-time.

Priory pulled one back just after the re-start, but United held on.

Soham Utd squad: Joel Orme, Craig Peacock, Michael Wallis, Josh Radford, Ryan Brookes, Ryan Anderson, Callum Eley, Luke Sells, Daniel Warren, Jack Hindle-Smith, Olly Henderson, Gavin Dunsmore and Ben Newell.


Sawston 1 Ely City 7

CODIE Couzens struck four times in 20 minutes to help Ely City to a fine away win.

Matt Waites outpaced the defence and slammed the ball home from 20 yards to give City the lead, but Sawston equalised against the run of play.

City hit top form in the second half and Couzens went on the rampage to put them 5-1 up, with the pick of his four strikes being a fine drive from outside the box after Waites headed him through.

Couzens returned the favour by setting up Waites for his second, and after further City pressure, Ryan Howell sent in a superb corner which Jordan Miller slotted home from close range.

Ely man of the match: Codie Couzens.


Ely Crusaders 4 Waterbeach 0

CRUSADERS started their first game of the year well, taking a third-minute lead when C Fleming beat a defender and powered home.

M Collier scored straight from a corner kick, and the same player hit the net just before half-time to make it 3-0.

S Nangle completed the scoring with a great left-footed shot.