Local football roundup
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WITCHFORD 96 are looking highly likely to go up a tier as they consolidated their top spot position with a convincing 6-3 victory over third-placed side, Doddington United.
Manager Martin Skilbeck started the game with a dilemma as, with his usual left winger not available, he put Joules Peachey out on the flank as a replacement even though he had not scored for 96 in three seasons.
Peachey soon changed that statistic though, as he notched a first-half hat-trick with two coming straight from corners into the net and a goalmouth scramble that led to his side going in 4-1 up at half-time.
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Usual suspect Aaron Spencer weighed in with a double for Witchford to continue his amazing goalscoring season and Mark Heading rose from the bench to make the final score 6-3 to the home side, who have gone the whole season without losing at their Witchford Village College home ground.
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LITTLEPORT Town won their first match in six barren games as they beat higher-placed West Wratting, 2-1.
David Cornwell and top scorer Liam Hart were the men on target for Town as they look for a strong final few games to set them up for next season.
Ely City Reserves look like they could be spending next season in Senior A as they suffered their fourth successive defeat at home to high-flying Great Shelford by three goals without reply. This leave Gareth Arter’s men still second from bottom with just four games to play and they are still four points adrift of nearest-placed team Chatteris Town.
A LOCAL side who appear to have guaranteed their status next season are Soham United who all but sealed their place in this section with a fine 3-1 win at Milton.
Mark Allen’s fifth of the campaign and Will Tyte’s double were enough to give Andy Parker’s United side the win they needed to all but ensure the same standard of football is played at Qua Fen Common next season.
Neighbours Soham Town Rangers Reserves are looking likely to be moving up a section as they moved effortlessly into second position with a 2-1 win over Wimblington.
Soham have games in hand on their rivals and are also a point better off at this juncture with only a handful of matches remaining. Wayne Bell and Samuel James were the men on the scoresheet for the resurgent Rangers’ second string.
FORDHAM remain in third in this section despite a 2-1 loss to Exning Athletic that sees them lose ground on the teams ahead of them and could mean that promotion does not happen this year.
The local derby between Little Downham Swifts and Mepal Sports Reserves ended with them sharing six goals at Swifts’ Pymoor home. Downham took the lead which would have been a blow for promotion chasers Sports, but they hit back with a vengeance thanks to a brace of goals from Chris Sylvain to go into half-time 2-1 up. Jatana then made it three midway through the second half before Mepal capitulated in the final 10 minutes to allow Swifts to come back and claim a point. Scorers for Downham were Joe Barham, Jon Cutter and Jordan Miller on a day that could have put paid to Sports chances of getting out of this division.
Stretham Hotspurs stretched their unbeaten record to seven with a 4-2 victory at bottom side Wimblington Reserves – this win though will not be enough to get them back in the promotion frame.
WICKEN Amateurs showed great fight as they were involved in a six-goal thriller with higher-placed Willingham Wolves and deservedly earned themselves a point.
Soham United Reserves made it 10 games unbeaten as they drew 1-1 at home to Wisbech St Mary B, with top goalscorer Josef Depfeiffer adding one to his burgeoning goal tally this season. United now lie in sixth place and an inspired late run could see them enter the promotion race but they must keep picking up maximum points each game.
WITCHFORD 96 Reserves’ rise to the summit of this section continued as they won 1-0 at bottom side Swavesey Institute Reserves.
Top marksman, Matt Monteith was the goalscoring hero for 96 as they now occupy second position with a game in hand on their nearest rivals.
Prickwillow’s leading goalscorer, Kevin Bedingfield, scored in the last minute for the second week running to gain another point for his side as Willow drew 2-2 at Bottisham Sports Reserves. Haydn Palmer was the other Prickwillow scorer even though man of the match was Mark ‘Bingo’ Ashley.
MEPAL Sports Reserves dropped more points this week in their top of the table clash with rivals Coldham United as they drew 1-1 at home.
Lee Isbell’s 70th minute strike garnered the point for his Mepal side who must win their game in hand on their competitors in order to leapfrog them into second place.