Fordham suffer last-minute woe
SATURDAY FOOTBALL KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION FORDHAM looked to have won a game they initially seemed to have lost, but eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils as they drew 3-3 at Histon A. It was probably a fair result on the day, said Fordham
KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION
FORDHAM looked to have won a game they initially seemed to have lost, but eventually had to settle for a share of the spoils as they drew 3-3 at Histon A.
"It was probably a fair result on the day," said Fordham secretary John Pryke afterwards, "But it was one of those games you can look at two ways."
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It certainly looked bleak for the visitors when they trailed 2-0 after just 10 minutes, but Daren Pryke fired them back into contention with a fierce shot from the edge of the box.
Dan Langley then picked up Daren Pryke's back-heel to make it 2-2 after a move involving six players, and Pryke put Fordham in front with his second goal of the game, following good work by Jamie Palmer, Sam James and Langley.
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Histon then had a player sent off for dissent at the interval, and Fordham looked certain winners at that stage with a goal lead and a man advantage.
The home side rallied after the break however, and in the final minute they managed to score and deny Fordham victory.
Meanwhile, Littleport Town's 12-match unbeaten run came to an end when they suffered a 3-0 reverse at league leaders Great Shelford.
SENIOR DIVISION B
HADDENHAM Rovers manager Andy Markwell was delighted after watching his side avenge an early-season defeat against Outwell Swifts.
Will Ludbrooke scored twice from successive breakaways midway through the first half, and Robbie Keen set him up for his hat-trick before the interval.
Outwell responded with a couple of goals immediately after the break, and Markwell's confidence was predictably undermined.
"I was a bit worried at that stage," admitted the Rovers boss, "but we knuckled down well."
Kenny Holmes gave Haddenham renewed breathing space, and he went on to complete his hat-trick as Rovers eventually ran out 6-2 winners.
Soham United, meanwhile, suffered their fourth league defeat in a row and their sixth successive defeat in all competitions, as they went down 2-1 at Whittlesford United, despite a goal from Steve Dalby.
LITTLEPORT Town Reserves returned to the top of the table with a 3-2 victory over Gransden Chequers, thanks to goals from Clive Lee, Mark Talbot and Richard Layn.
ELY City A held leaders Wisbech St Mary Reserves to a 3-3 draw away from home, but Sutton United were unable to take advantage, losing 3-2 at Milton Reserves, despite a Matthew Keys double.
Stretham Hotspurs crashed 3-1 at home to Over Sports Reserves, but Witchford '96 moved to within three points of the leaders with a 6-0 home victory at the expense of Isleham United.
Michael Ward converted Ross Spencer's cross to put them a goal ahead, and Tom Parrish scored the best goal of the game to double Witchford's lead.
Ben Barnwell's close-range effort increased the advantage, and Ward made the interval score 4-0, before completing his hat-trick after the break.
Aaron Spencer then completed the rout with Witchford's sixth goal towards the finish.
FORDHAM Reserves suffered a dissapointing 5-2 defeat in their home clash with Cottenham United A.
Ollie Foreman and substitute Scott Blaber kept them on level terms at one stage, but Cottenham had plenty in hand at the finish and ran out comfortable winners.
MEPAL Sports were "not at their best" according to manager Paul Rayson, but still escaped with a 3-3 draw at Willingham Reserves.
The hosts were awarded two penalties as they led 2-0 and 3-2 during the match, but goals from Barry Silvain and Giles Peacock (2) eventually earned the visitors a point.
Ely Crusaders beat March Rangers 5-2 and Sutton United Reserves drew 1-1 at home to West Row Gunners Reserves, thanks to a Lee Read header, but the best result of the day was earned by Burwell Swifts, who moved up to second spot after a 2-1 victory against leaders Wisbech St Mary A.
Ollie Williams followed up to score after Lee Hardy's controversial penalty had been saved midway through the first half, and Hardy nodded in a second goal five minutes later after Alan Nash had volleyed a Lol Maskell free-kick back into the danger zone.
Burwell were predictably pressurised after the break, but man of the match Gavin Jones only let one goal past him and Swifts managed to hold on for all three points.
LITTLE Downham Swifts had Dean Martin sent off in the home clash with Lode Reserves, but still ran out comfortable 4-1 winners.
Gareth Draper opened their account with a powerful drive into the top right-hand corner of the net, and Martin made it 2-0 after Draper had failed to put his initial pass away.
Martin's dismissal followed soon afterwards, but Draper cut inside to extend Downham's lead and Mark 'Dickie' Driver - after putting through his own goal for Lode's consolation - made it 4-1 to Swifts in the closing stages.
The Vine Reserves were also successful, 3-1 at home to Cottenham United B, and Littleport Town A came through in convincing fashion in their visit to Burwell Swifts Reserves.
Stuart Hunter gave Burwell the lead, but the hosts looked shaky in defence and found themselves 5-1 down at the interval.
Tom Thatcher pulled one back after the break, but Port eventually ran out 6-2 winners with goals from Scott Dews (3), Mick Edwards (2) and captain Jamie Doswell
Isleham United Reserves went down 4-2 at home to Outwell Swifts Reserves, and Wicken Amateurs were likewise beaten at home by leaders Fenstanton Reserves.
Nathan Sheriff, Jamie Palmer and James Petersen were all on target as Wicken entered the last 19 minutes on level terms, but other chances were squandered and Fenstanton grabbed a 4-3 winner towards the end of the match.
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SOHAM United Reserves lost a seven-goal thriller at home to Manea United Reserves, but player-manager Craig Whyatt was quite glad that his promotion-chasing side were out of the competition.
Aaron Lee (2) and Mark Allen pulled the score back to 3-3 at one stage, but Aaron (Alan) Da Costa left his boss aghast in the closing stages with a couple of unbelievable misses.
TRIPLE-S found themselves two goals behind on three occasions at reigning champions Tally Ho, but came back each time to share the points in a 10-goal thriller.
The hosts led 2-0 early on, but conceded a penalty kick and had a player dismissed in the 25th minute, as Scott Fretwell fired the visitors back into contention.
Triple-S then conceded a penalty to go 3-1 down at the break, but Fretwell completed his hat-trick in the second half as his side reduced the deficit to 4-3.
Andrew Short then got the visitors back on level terms, and Ben Fuller put them in front for the first time before Tally Ho salvaged a 5-5 draw in the closing stages.
WILBURTON Albion continue to set the pace in this section after beating Alma Reserves 7-2.
Will Ludbrooke scored from a tight angle to open their account, but they gifted an equaliser to their opponents soon afterwards.
Captain Mel Pryer restored Albion's lead from the penalty spot after Ludbrooke had been brought down, and second-half goals from Smith (2), Ludbrooke (2) and Lewis made the game safe.
Wicken Maids Head were also successful in this section, holding off a late comeback from Carlton Arms to claim the points 3-2.
Jamie Palmer and Jonathan Goldsack scored for a 2-0 interval lead, and Palmer was on target again for what proved to be the winning goal.
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LTFC 1906 progressed easily, winning 6-1 at the expense of Histon Hornets.