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JOHN ABLETT CUP SECOND ROUND LITTLE Downham Swifts are through after winning a splendid match against local rivals Sutton United Reserves. Seventeen-year-old Gary Eastwood fired Downham in front with less than a minute gone, but Lee Read equalised
JOHN ABLETT CUP SECOND ROUND
LITTLE Downham Swifts are through after winning a splendid match against local rivals Sutton United Reserves.
Seventeen-year-old Gary Eastwood fired Downham in front with less than a minute gone, but Lee Read equalised for Sutton and Ryan Bate put the hosts ahead before Swifts captain Chris Kelly made it 2-2 from the penalty spot.
Bate restored Sutton's lead against the run of play, but subsequent Downham goals from Jamie Linney (2) and Kelly put the result beyond doubt.
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Bate completed his hat-trick for United with eight minutes remaining, but Swifts - led superbly up front by Richard Kent - deservedly held on by the odd goal in nine.
Grant Pearson grabbed the winner as Fordham Reserves edged out visiting Steeple Morden 3-2, and three goals were also sufficient for Burwell Swifts in the home tie with Fowlmere Reserves.
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Chris Grant's corner was nodded in by Rich O'Neil as Swifts cancelled out a first-half own goal, and a cross-cum-shot from Grant made it 2-1 before Lee Hardy's spectacular third won the day.
Pymoor FC are also through because Mepal Sports were unable to raise a side for Saturday's tie, but Haddenham Rovers Reserves proved no match for Somersham Town Reserves, going down 5-2.
REG HAIGH/ARTHUR PECK CUP SECOND ROUND
WICKEN Amateurs progressed thanks to three first-half goals in the tie with Comberton United A.
Matt Lowe scored at the second attempt after just nine minutes, and Nathan Sheriff then slotted home from 12 yards after receiving Lowe's square pass.
Sheriff volleyed in another Lowe cross to make it 3-0 after 35 minutes, and that was the way it stayed as Wicken - fielding their sixth different goalkeeper of the campaign in the shape of James Petersen - kept a rare clean sheet.
The Vine Reserves are also through after following a 2-2 draw with Saffron Rangers by a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win, but Burwell Swifts Reserves are out after losing 2-0 at Lode Reserves.
WILBURTON Albion had Tom Lewis sent off after a controversial penalty award in the match at LTFC 1906, but still won the Division 4A encounter 6-3.
LTFC led 2-1 as a result of the penalty which preceded Lewis's dismissal, but Will Ludbrooke levelled the scores before half-time.
Sam Oliver then put Wilburton ahead for the first time, and Mel Pryer - with a long range lob - subsequently made it 4-3 with his second goal of the game.
Pryer then fluffed a penalty attempt when given the chance to complete his hat-trick, but Ludbrooke's late double meant that he achieved that feat.
In the same section Fox Burwell won 7-2 at QAPR, and in Division 2A the similarly-named QPR Ely were also beaten, 3-1 at Bottisham Sunday.
Gary Dewsbury, Richie Murfitt and Darren Brodie were amongst the scorers as Ely Park Rangers beat Over Crusaders 4-1 in the same section, but four goals were only just enough for Village Inn as they edged out Newnham Rangers in Division 3A.
Little Downham United lost 3-2 at home to Girton Eagles Reserves in the same section, whilst in the Cambs FA Sunday Challenge Cup Triple-S came from behind to win at Barnwell Rangers.
Martin Corbett grabbed four as Triple-S led twice before trailing 3-2, and a goal from Ben Howe helped the Senior Division side win 5-3 in the end.