East Cambs Junior Football Round-up

JUNIOR FOOTBALL Division 2B PYMOOR FC staged a remarkable comeback in the home clash with Newmarket Town A, but eventually succumbed by the odd goal in nine. Pymoor boasted a 100 per cent league record going into the game, but found themselves 4-0 down at


Division 2B

PYMOOR FC staged a remarkable comeback in the home clash with Newmarket Town A, but eventually succumbed by the odd goal in nine.

Pymoor boasted a 100 per cent league record going into the game, but found themselves 4-0 down at the midway stage.

Greg Saberton's superb solo effort reduced the arrears after the restart however, and a brilliant 30-yard free-kick from Tony Ure made it 2-4 soon afterwards.

Lewis Chambers then reduced the deficit to a single goal, and Sam Murfitt levelled the scores with 20 minutes remaining.

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The introduction of substitute Ed Hale had seemingly changed the course of the game and defender Chris Kelly managed to shore up the defence in the second half, but with 10 minutes remaining a defensive blunder allowed Newmarket to claim the winner.

Sutton United meanwhile made further progress with a 2-0 home win at the expense of Wisbech St Mary Reserves.

It was goalless at the break, but Russell Mansfield tapped home a square pass to break the deadlock and Matthew Keys made the points safe with a second goal.

At the other end Sean Bristow and Paul Canham were instrumental in keeping a clean sheet for United.

Jon Cutter's hat-trick earned The Vine a 3-1 victory at the expense of local rivals Stretham Hotspurs, and Witchford '96 came from two goals down to beat Over Sports Reserves 5-2.

Michael Ward and Aaron Spencer scored two a-piece, and they were joined on the scoresheet by Billy Bowers as four second half goals sealed Witchford's win.

Premier Cup

LITTLEPORT Town suffered their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday, going out of the Premier Cup at the hands of second-in-the-table Lakenheath.

Will Ludbrooke was on target for 'Port, but his side eventually lost 3-1.

Buster Harradine scored five goals for Great Shelford as they won 7-1 at Fordham (Dan Langley was the consolation scorer for the hosts), and Ely City Reserves also went down at home against Premier Division leaders Fulbourn Institute.

City found themselves 3-0 down inside the opening 25 minutes, but Kevin Hills pulled a goal back before half-time with a direct free-kick.

Andrew Lee then reduced the deficit further on the hour, and Dean Salmons equalised to set up a dramatic finish.

Ely then felt they should have been awarded a penalty for handball, but Fulbourn broke clear from the incident and - having been given a corner from the wrong side - grabbed the 4-3 winner.

Senior Division A

SOHAM Town Rangers Reserves travelled to bottom-of-the-table Castle Camps on Saturday, but the third-placed team came back with their tails between their legs after a terrible 3-0 defeat.

Percy Oldham Cup First Round

SOHAM United were thankful for a first minute save from goalkeeper Gavin Wiseman, and eventually progressed comfortably at the expense of Cottenham United Reserves.

They broke the deadlock with a controversial penalty which Jason Parker converted after 25 minutes, and Dan Simmons prodded the ball past the 'keeper to make it 2-0 after getting on the end of Jim Brown's pass.

Chris Lam then started and finished a move involving Ben Brown to make it 3-0 before Cottenham managed to pull one back with 10 minutes remaining.

Haddenham Rovers lost 4-1 at Milton despite a goal from Tom Moden, and Littleport Town Reserves were unable to raise a team for the trip to Linton Granta and were thus dumped out of the competition.

Division 1B

ELY City A and Longstanton both had 100% league records prior to Saturday's encounter, but it was the 'Robins' who emerged intact after a 4-1 win.

Gareth Arter fired home after the goalkeeper fumbled a cross, and Stuart Seekings added a second before Clark Green made the interval score 3-0.

Longstanton replied after the break, but a header from Lewis Peacock restored Ely's three-goal cushion.

Division 3B

LITTLE Downham Swifts are still searching for their first league win of the campaign after suffering a 2-0 defeat at Brampton Reserves.

Lower Junior Cup First Round

WITCHFORD '96 Reserves came back from two goals down to progress in their First Round clash with Milton A.

Ally McDonald curled in a brilliant left-footed free-kick to reduce his side's deficit to a single goal on the stroke of half-time, and Michael Roberts tapped in David Balcombe's cross at the far post to force extra-time.

Witchford were reduced to 10-men through injury after that, but still managed to scramble a 3-2 winner.

The same scoreline saw Mepal Sports safely through at the expense of local rivals Little Downham Swifts Reserves, but they didn't need extra-time.

Andrew Lister scored a great opener for Swifts, but Darren Murfitt finally got Mepal back on terms with a looping shot from 35 yards and it was one-way traffic thereafter.

Giles Peacock and Luke Wilson made it 3-1 to Mepal before Stuart Brown took advantage of a well-worked free-kick to reduce Downham's arrears near the end.

Ely Crusaders - who are struggling in the league - also progressed with a 4-3 victory against Coates Athletic Reserves, and Burwell Swifts joined them in the Second Round with an emphatic 8-0 victory at Haddenham Rovers Reserves.

Nathan Hull's mis-kick opened the scoring, and Carl Saxby struck from close range to make the interval score 2-0.

Saxby then made it three with a bullet strike from 35 yards, and Jake Drake added another before Saxby completed his hat-trick.

Hull made it 6-0 with his second of the game and substitute Lol Maskell contributed a seventh before Alan Nash fired home from close range to cap a great personal performance.

Isleham United meanwhile led 2-0 at Wisbech Fen Stars through Danny Binns and Steve Newman, but didn't finish so well as substitute Jimmy Gordon received his marching orders and Wisbech hit back to record a 5-2 success.

Soham United Reserves crashed 6-2 at Walsoken United, and The Vine Reserves were also beaten in an eight-goal tie as Dave Fisher (2) and Mark Finbow found the net in a 5-3 defeat at Doddington United Reserves.

Division 4B

WICKEN Amateurs are still without a win after surrendering the lead at Fenstanton Reserves on Saturday.

Ed Richardson gave them a 50th minute lead after good work by Dane Turner, but a controversial penalty award enabled Fenstanton to get back on terms and they struck the 2-1 winner with 10 minutes left.

Division 5B

BURWELL Swifts Reserves just failed to retrieve a three-goal deficit as they entertained Gransden Chequers Reserves at Newmarket.

Mark Taylor pulled a goal back and Clive Metcalfe made it 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining, but Swifts eventually ran out of time.

Isleham United Reserves meanwhile won 2-1 at City Life Reserves.

Sunday Football

Wicken Maids Head are through to the Third Round of the Banyers of Royston League Cup after winning 6-1 at Brinkley Red Lion.

Ed Richardson led the way with a double, and he was joined on the scoresheet by Simon Farrow, Bobby Fenn, Jamie Palmer and Ian Walters.

Senior Division side Triple-S were dumped out of the competition despite Scott Fretwell's goal in a 3-1 defeat at Exning United, but QPR Ely are through after an odd-goal-in-five success at Alma FC.

In the league Witchford Raiders scored three times at home to Milton Sunday through Mark Heading, Ed Ideson and Giles Peacock, but were soundly beaten 8-3.

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