Local football roundup: Week ending January 11
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Local football roundup
By Gareth Draper
LITTLE Downham Swifts hammered Estover Park 9-2 on a remarkable afternoon at their Pymoor home.
The golden boot of top scorer Lewis Chambers claimed two of the goals, with David Martin and Rob Parker also scoring doubles in this rout. Swifts’ Jez Cutter struck his first of the season and Stuart Seekings notched his third in three games for Downham. Sub Stephen Ball completed the scoring for Tony Ure’s side, who move menacingly into fourth place in the league.
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SOHAM Town Rangers Reserves made a losing start to 2013 as they travelled to fourth-placed Sawston United and lost 3-1.
Sub James Prewitt’s first goal of the campaign was the only highlight of the day for Andrew Lee’s charges who lurk dangerously near to the bottom of this section in 13th position.
Ely City Reserves also suffered a defeat as they lost 3-0 at Wisbech St Mary. They now find themselves third from bottom in what is becoming another challenging season for the Robins’ second string.
THERE was narrow victory for Littleport Town Reserves in the battle at the bottom of this section as they beat Swavesey Institute, 3-2.
Liam Woollard netted twice in 12 minutes for Port’s second string as he notched in the 27th and 39th minutes and Dan Bell also got on the scoresheet when he struck on 70 minutes. Littleport are still in last place by three points but have two games in hand on their opponents on Saturday.
WITCHFORD 96 cruised into the quarter finals of this competition with a resounding 4-0 victory over Division 2A side Linton Granta Reserves.
96 took the lead against the run of play through serial goalscorer Aaron Spencer, who pounced on the loose ball after the Granta goalie beat out a shot from brother Ross. Witchford then took command, with the other 96 super striker, Michael Ward, doubling the lead early on in the second half. Kieran Granger also got in on the act as he scored his first goal of the season with a real rocket of a shot following an excellent pass which Ward chested onto the on-rushing Granger.
Aaron Spencer couldn’t stay away from the limelight though and he rounded off the scoring as he comfortably beat the goalie in a one-on-one.
FREE-scoring Sutton United went nap as they travelled to Isleham and beat them 5-1, meaning that they have now racked up 19 goals in their last two games.
Matthew Keys was the star of the show with a hat-trick and Chris Halls and Jonathan Few with his first of the season, wrapped up the points for sumptuous Sutton.
Mepal Sports also won away when they beat March Rangers, 4-0. David Heyes-Fisher grabbed a brace with Jaz Jatana and seasoned campaigner Martin Pettitt also on the scoresheet as Mepal moved into fifth place in the league.
In the clash at the bottom of the table, Fordham trounced Tydd United 9-0 to leapfrog Isleham and vacate the dreaded drop zone albeit only on goal difference. Oliver Henderson and Christopher Martin both claimed hat-tricks with Joshua Bailey, Johnny Blecher and Lewis Cushing all getting a goal apiece as Fordham finally got their acts together on Saturday.
John Ablett Cup
STRETHAM Hotspurs were booted out of this competition by lower league side Litlington Athletic, losing 3-0 on a disastrous afternoon that had no consolation for Hotspurs.
MEPAL Sports Reserves recorded a fine 3-0 victory as they beat lowly Cottenham United A, with Stuart Johnston on target twice as well as last season’s top scorer Jordan Lee.
Johnston started the scoring after nine minutes and completed it in injury time at the end of the game. Lee’s goal arrived after 68 minutes to give him his fourth of the season and three important points for his team.
Haddenham Rovers racked up half a dozen goals in this local derby with woeful Wicken Amateurs who didn’t even have the consolation of troubling the scorers as they remain rooted at the foot of the table. Rovers have now won two games in succession and are fifth in the league. Leigh Chadwick scored three for Rovers, with top scorer Darren Easey notching his 12th of a fruitful campaign so far. Subs Justin Hudson and Jamie Thompson also joined in on the act to complete a very satisfying afternoon for boss Paul Norman.
ELY Crusaders moved to the top of this section with an impressive 3-0 victory at fellow high flyers The Eagle. Inevitably, top scorer Jamie Dews was on target for the 22nd time this season for Ely and sub Haydn Palmer certainly made a mark when he came as he struck twice to secure the point for tip top Crusaders.