Local football roundup: week ending September 30

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Kershaw Premier League

STUTTERING Littleport Town extended their run of games without a win to five as they went down 3-2 at Hardwick.

David Cornwell’s first goal of the season for Port and Jamie Gayfer’s third of the campaign were not enough to salvage a point for Dave Cullum’s side who could really do with a three-point boost soon to kick start their season again.

Ely City Reserves are in the midst of a similarly lamentable run to neighbours Littleport as they have now gone three games without a victory following their 1-0 loss at Great Shelford. It was a tight affair that was settled by a single strike in the first half by Shelford and even though City put on a better performance than in recent weeks, they just could not get the breakthrough.

Kershaw Senior A

SOHAM Town Rangers Reserves drew their third game in a row as they shared four goals with Cambridge City Reserves.

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Both Jonathan Brown and Jake Fuller were the men on target for Rangers for the first time this season, as they drew 2-2 with a competitive City side to remain in fourth position in the league.

Neighbours Soham United matched rivals Rangers and earned their first point in four matches when they drew 2-2 at home to Great Paxton.

Kershaw Senior B

ELY City A had a blinding first half at West Wratting Reserves but after conceding an early second half goal it all came crashing down again as the Robins’ third string were eventually defeated 5-1.

Sammy Egabayelo scored for City but this was their sixth successive defeat on the spin and manager, Gareth Arter, will be desperate for a result to turn the season around for his charges, who were short on numbers yet again.

Junior Challenge Cup

FORMER Ely City and Mildenhall Town striker Steve Tuck’s first goal of the season was nowhere near enough for a Littleport Town Reserves side that fell at the first hurdle of this competition at home to Hardwick Reserves.

Town were 1-0 down when Tuck struck with his head but Hardwick went ahead again before half-time. Port started the second half well but the visitors scored another with 20 minutes to go which led to Town throwing extra men forward that left them exposed as Hardwick rounded the match off with a breakaway fourth.

Witchford 96’s Michael Sellers kept his nerve and slotted home the winning spot kick as nothing could separate his side from Cambridge University Press A in a 3-3 draw.

As a result the game was forced into extra time and subsequent penalties where Sellers kept his cool to win it. The scorers for Witchford in normal time were Michael Ward (2) and Tom Parish.

Division 2B

SUTTON United were blown away by leaders Godmanchester Rovers Reserves as they lost 4-0 to hand them their second defeat in the league in a row.

The Vine suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at home to promotion-chasing Doddington United, leaving them still searching for their first points of the season. Doddington took the lead but Callum Walker gave the Vine a glimmer of hope as he equalised on the stroke of half-time. However, a one-sided second half followed the mid-match oranges, resulting in the visitors scoring four without reply.

Division 3B

FORDHAM recorded their first win of the season with an emphatic 6-2 victory at home to Estover Park.

This moves them up the league into sixth position and gives them a great platform to build on for the rest of the season.

Stretham Hotspurs also recorded a fine win at home to lowly Barton Mills who they duly dispatched by four goals to one. David Pitt notched twice to keep his goal-a-game tally going so far this season and he was joined by Callum Falconer and Michael Beeby on the scoresheet which meant that Hotspurs moved into second.

Mepal Sports came off worse in their top of the table clash with Wisbech St Mary A, losing their unbeaten record this season as they slumped to a 3-2 defeat. An own goal, and a first of the season for sub Jatana Jazden, accounted for Sports’ goals but this could not stop them from slipping up for the first time in what had been up until Saturday a very satisfactory start to the season.

New boss Tony Ure was celebrating his side’s first league victory under his leadership as Little Downham Swifts travelled to bottom side Wimblington Reserves and won 2-0. David Harvey scored for the second week in a row for Downham and Darren Lawrence completed the scoring and the valuable win for Ure.

Division 4B

THERE were two defeats for the local sides in action in this section as crisis club Haddenham Rovers lost at home to Chatteris Town A by a four goals to one margin and Wicken Amateurs also came unstuck against second-place side Longstanton Reserves thus plummeting to their second league defeat in two games.

Reg Haigh and Arthur Peck Cup

THE match of the day in this competition was between Witchford ’96 Reserves and Sawston United A, with the latter coming away with a remarkable 5-4 win.

Goalscorers for unlucky 96 were Christian Cunningham with his first of the season, Pawel Kolasa and Matt Monteith, who is scoring at more than a goal a game with five in four games so far this term.

Division 5D

LEADERS Mepal Sports Reserves, saw their impressive copybook blotted as they lost to St Ives Rangers Reserves at home by two goals to one. Striker on fire, Jordan Lee, was the goalscorer for Mepal as he netted for the fourth successive match so far this season but this was merely a consolation as Rangers squeaked through.

Prickwillow’s first foray into this competition was short-lived one as they were knocked out in the first round at Estover Park Reserves by three goals to one. It was a brave performance by Willow who have a long injury list that meant that their reserve goalkeeper played on the right wing. The brightest moment of the afternoon for Prickwillow was striker Kevin Bedingfield’s goal which was finished with expert precision on an unfortunate afternoon for his side.