Crusaders take Soham apart

Under-8 Soham United 0 Ely Crusaders 8 CRUSADERS best performance of the season saw them thrash a side who had only suffered one previous loss this season. Ely dismantled Soham with a hat-trick for Lewis Hook and two apiece for Alex Brown and James Barr


Soham United 0

Ely Crusaders 8

CRUSADERS' best performance of the season saw them thrash a side who had only suffered one previous loss this season.

Ely dismantled Soham with a hat-trick for Lewis Hook and two apiece for Alex Brown and James Barrett giving them a 7-0 half-time lead.

A third for Barrett, securing his second hat-trick in two games, moved Ely into an 8-0 lead at the beginning of the second half.

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Soham's enthusiasm never ceased and they battled well to prevent Ely from scoring again.

Superb defending from Evan Jeckells, Jake Butler, Edward Frodsham and George Leech kept the usually high-scoring Soham at bay and the midfield trio of Thomas Funnell, Sam Felton and Sam Scarborough worked brilliantly.

Ely man of the match: Alex Brown.

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

Haddenham Rovers Colts 1 Newmarket Town 2

HADDENHAM slipped to a surprising defeat to a vastly improved Newmarket.

Rovers took the lead when a powerful run and shot from man of the match Matthew Wright was deflected in by a Newmarket defender, but the visitors equalised on the break with 15 minutes remaining.

Wright struck a fierce free-kick against the Newmarket crossbar and Joshua Lowe forced several good saves, before Newmarket squeezed home the winner with five minutes remaining

Haddenham squad: Kieran Petty, Matthew Wright, William Darlington, Joseph Alsop, Ricky Sawyer, Johsua Lowe, Nicholas Threadgold, Charlie Tunnell, Jake Alsop.


Chatteris 2

Soham Town Colts 0

THE wind played as an extra player in a scrappy game, and Soham were punished for missing a host of first-half chances.

Colts passed well and despite fine efforts from Sean Turner and Ross Davey, they couldn't find a finishing touch.

Soham struggled against the wind in the second half. The first Chatteris goal came from a corner with a superb header and followed soon after with another strong shot into the bottom corner.

Davey rounded off his first half display with some good saves in the Soham goal to win his team's man of the match.


Newmarket Town 2

Soham Town Colts 4

SOHAM created all the early pressure and Luke Webster-Sterry scored their first goal from a well-delivered Dan Bradley corner, and Paul Masterton quickly made it 2-0.

Masterton added a third early in the second half, before Newmarket fought back with two goals.

But Colts has the final say when Aston Pears' long-range shot found the net.

Soham man of the match: Jordan Brown.

Haddenham Rovers Colts A 1 Stretham Sporting 0

ROVERS recorded their 10th straight league win in a tough derby match.

Oliver Holden broke the deadlock on 18 minutes when he latched onto Matthew Morton's cross-come-shot and finished from six yards.

Stretham pushed for an equaliser late on, but the superb defensive duo of Matthew Morton and Jake Bartolozzi prevented the visitors from striking a single shot on target.

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


Littleport Town 4

Witchford Colts 1

'PORT'S rich vein of form continued with a convincing home win.

Town took the lead after and end-to end opening, when Joseph Murfitt's deflected cross found its way into the net.

Witchford equalised straight from the second half whistle but 'Port responded with a fine Nico Bishop header from Ben Hawkins' corner.

Bishop scored his second after a fine Charlie Bowditch through-ball, and a good cross from Hawkins allowed Bishop to complete his hat-trick.

Over Sports 0

Stretham Sporting 0

AFTER last week's disjointing performance, Stretham's depleted squad earned a hugely impressive point at the division's form team

Stretham were unfortunate to not go in at the break a couple of goals up with George Carroll and Zack Barton both going close and at the end of the half, Over cleared a goal-bound header off the line.

Stretham defended resolutely as the home side piled on the pressure in the second half and Carroll turned saviour when he cleared off the line in the closing stages.

Stretham squad: Kieran Pauley, James Fuller, Greg Hine, George Carroll, Conor Smithson, Jack Rose, Craig Lawrence, Matthew Kerridge, Ryan Newton, Zack Barton, Michael Thomas, Ross Payne, Andrew Burrows.


Soham Town Colts 1

Fulbourn Institute 2

A LATE goal secured the points for Fulbourn.

After a goalless first half with few chances, Fulbourn took the lead 10 minutes after the re-start, after Town failed to deal with a high ball into the box.

Soham responded with a neat Brian Tatay finish after good wing play.

In the dying minutes a Fulbourn forward chased a lost cause and crossed into the box which was met with a good finish high into the roof of the net.


Ely City 0

Royston 1

A GOAL from a Royston goal-kick won the game.

Codie Couzens, Dan Beavis, Jordan Miller and Ryan Howell all had chances as City pushed forward from the start, but a goal-kick caught the wind and looped into the net.

City had no luck when Matt Waites went through on goal only to hear the half-time whistle as he was about to shoot.

Ely dominated the second half Jamie McCarthy Alex Newton and Sam Bryan were on top of things in defence while Ryan Collins and Dan Beavis both narrowly missed free-kicks.

Ely keeper Tom Jordan was in good form while Chris Smith worked hard in midfield, but the final whistle came just as City launched another attack.

Soham Town Colts 5

St. Ives Rangers B 0

AFTER soaking up early pressure Soham were 2-0 up at the break.

Dan Whitwell's shot from an acute angle deflected into the net and Ryan Brook finished well after a fine Elliot Drewery pass.

Drewery scored his second after the interval when he beat the off-side trap with a quick turn of pace and Graham Carson made it 4-0 after making a powerful run into the box.

The final goal came when the Rangers keeper could only push another Drewery strike just inside his post.

Whitwell won man of the match for a workmanlike performance in midfield.

Soham squad: Charlie Wills, Dan Brook, Simon Murfitt, Dan Sadler, Josh Heaps, Graham Carson, Ryan Saban, Dan Whitwell, Michae Rola, Ryan Brook, Elliot Drewery, Ben Nicholas, James Seymour, Joel Frey, Ruben Carvalho.


Witchford Colts 2

Saffron Walden 0

A SUPERB team effort saw Witchford goalkeeper Chris Thomas keep his third clean sheet in four games.

After 10 minutes Sam Young played a ball into Jamie Douglas who slipped it through for Jak Thompson to score.

Thompson scored again, 10 minutes into the second half, after a one-two with Reece Jarvis.

Witchford squad: C. Thomas, R. John, L. Rhenius, S. Hutter, B. Pauley, S. Young, P.Dewey, J.Douglas, L.Timbrell, R.Jarvis, J.Thompson, S.Barber, K.Smith, D.Butcher, J.Walder.


Ely Crusaders1

Huntingdon Rowdies 1

THIS was a very even match with chances aplenty.

Ely were caught cold a minute into the second half and some poor defending enabled Huntingdon to score.

Crusaders pushed hard and were rewarded when Tom Padmore made a solo run down the wing, cut in and drove a hard, low shot into the net.

Ely squad: S.Verdon, Q.Young, K.Hopkin, D.Simper, D.Miller, T.Padmore, J.Carter, K.McGlinchy, M.Collier, C.Fordham, J.Baker, N.Gough, S.Nangle, O.Young, C.Flemming, D.Balcombe, M.Kupka.