East Cambs football round-up: Robins Reservers put five past Soham in the ‘Fenclassico’

Ely City Reserves v Soham Town Rangers Reserves.

Ely City Reserves v Soham Town Rangers Reserves. - Credit: Archant

Ely City Reserves upset the odds and produced one of their best performances of the season to put five past Soham Town Rangers Reserves in the Fen derby dubbed the ‘Fenclassico.’

A brace apiece from Matthew Ashman and substitute Ronan Kerr set the Robins Reserves on their way, with Rhys Mazey adding the fifth in a 5-2 win.

Giovany Lopes and Bahador Chizari added the consolation goals for the Greens’ second string, but they were powerless to halt Ely as they secured only their second league win of the season.

The win was especially sweet for Ely as they fielded a youthful back four, with all of the defensive line all 18-years-old or under.

Elsewhere in East Cambridgeshire, Cottenham United continue to flirt with relegation in the Kershaw Premier League after falling to a tenth loss of the season to fellow strugglers Hemingsford United.

Cottenham travelled to bottom-placed Hemingsford hoping to turn their fortunes around, but a goal from Ashley Brown was a mere consilation as the home side ran out 3-1 winners.

It was a battle of the league leaders in the William Coad Intermediate Cup, as Kershaw Senior B leaders Burwell Swifts welcomed Kershaw Senior A league-toppers Outwell Swifts.

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The clash had to be decided in dramatic fashion with a penalty shootout after the game finished 2-2, with Outwell nicking the shootout 6-5 and progressing into the quarter-finals where they will face Witchford 96 next month.

There was another closely fought encounter in the Kershaw Senior A, as Chatteris Town edged Soham United 1-0.

In the league below, Witchford 96 held second-place Godmanchester United Reserves to a 1-1 draw.

There was a shock in NMC 1B, as Fordham were defeated for the first time this season when they went down 2-0 at March Town Reserves.

With the strong wind at their backs, March took the lead with an unstoppable 30-yard screamer but Fordham had a great chance to level, before the hosts nicked another on the stroke of half time.

Fordham had a three good opportunities in the opening quarter of the second period but their challenge petered out and March ran out worthy winners.

In NMC 2B, Little Downham Swifts drew level on points with league leaders Fenstanton with an impressive 4-1 win over Cottenham United Reserves. Edward Hale, Kevin Hills, David Martin and Richie Murfitt netted for the Swifts, with Robert Stopher notching for Cottenham, who find themselves in 13th position.

Soham United Reserves are also in trouble in the same league after they were defeated 3-1 by relegation rivals Bar Hill Saturday Reserves.

Ely Crusaders lost their footing at the top of the league after they were defeated 3-2 by travelling March Rangers, and Isleham United climbed the table with a 1-0 victory over Mildenhall United.

In NMC 4B, a brace from Olly Henderson enabled Fordham Reserves to continue their recent good form with a 2-0 win over Witchford Reserves.

And finally, Isleham Warriors are breathing down the necks of league-toppers Tuddenham 08 after they beat Doddington United 2-1. Jordan Lee and Chris Avis’ goals took the Warriors to their seventh league win, and reduced Tuddenham’s lead to only three points.