Football round-up: Crusaders pipped by slick Swifts in seven-goal thriller

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts,

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts, - Credit: Archant

Little Downham Swifts leapfrogged Ely Crusaders in Newmarket Company Division 2B after overcoming them 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller.

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts,

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts, - Credit: Archant

A brace from Richie Murfitt and goals from Lewis Chambers and Jonathan Cutter gave the Swifts a vital win, which sees them draw level on points with first-placed Houghton & Wyton and Fenstanton in second.

Elsewhere, in the Kershaw Premier League, Cottenham United couldn’t build on their shock win over Wisbech St Mary last week after they lost 4-2 to Fowlmere.

In the league below, Outwell Swifts continued their dominance, securing their twelfth consecutive win at the expense of Ely City Reserves.

Outwell are now nine points clear at the top of the Kershaw Senior A, and Ely City Reserves still look condemned to the drop after their seventh league defeat.

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts,

Ely Crusaders v Little Downham Swifts, - Credit: Archant

In the Soham derby, goals from Kenneth Holmes, Giovany Lopes and substitute Aiden Course gav travelling Soham Town Rangers Reserves a deserved 3-0 victory at Soham United.

Burwell Swifts extended their unbeaten run in Kershaw Senior B with a commanding 4-0 victory over Wimblington.

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Carl Saxby netted two, Richard Chadwick got his name on the scoresheet and Josef de Pfeiffer added another goal to his tally as Burwell ran out comfortable winners over 14th placed Wimblington.

Withford 96’s game with Cambridge University Press Reserves was abandoned deep into the second half due to a serious injury, with the game decided as a 1-1 draw.

In Division 1B, Littleport Town demolished Over Sports Reserves 4-0 and climbed to third in the division.

Fordham also scored four; beating St Ives Rangers 4-0.

The hosts went ahead when Tom Thatcher fastened onto Graham Ford’s header to score the opener and the same combination made it two on the stroke of half time.

Ford got on the scoresheet himself early in the second half and substitute Clive Boucheron scored Fordham’s fourth.

Cottenham Reserves went down to a heavy defeat; losing 4-0 to second-placed Fenstanton in NMC 2B, and in NMC 3B Witchford 96 Reserves conquered March Rangers Reserves 2-1.

In the same division, Isleham Warriors produced a determined away performance and beat Wisbech St Mary C 2-0.

Finally, in NMC 5B, Burwell Tigers were in fine form; beating Chatteris Town B 7-0 with goals from Nicholas Baynes, Jack Hindle-Smith, Jack Smith, Nicklas Staaf, Jordan Wilkinson and a double from Nathan Nash.

Cottenham United A drew level on points with Marchester United after trouncing them 5-1.

Both sides now have 19 points in NMC 5B but Marchester have a superior goal difference.