Local football roundup: week ending September 21

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Creake Charity Shield

WITCHFORD 96 won through easily in this cup tie as they entertained lower-league opponents Cambrourne Rovers and dispatched them 4-1.

Manager Martin Skilbeck tried a new formation and the result was a great performance from his side which resulted in 21 shots on goal. Inevitably, ace marksman Aaron Spencer made three of them count as he claimed his first hat-trick of the season and Joules Peachey rounded off the scoring with the fourth.

Sutton United travelled to Girton United Reserves and gave them a proper thumping as they romped away 7-2 to sail through to the next round of this competition.

Fordham were the local casualties in this trophy as they lost by a single goal at Milton Reserves.

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By Gareth Draper

Kershaw Premier League

IT was a disastrous weekend for the local sides in this section as all three lost to their opponents on Saturday.

Ely City Reserves were turned over by top side Great Shelford away from home by an emphatic 4-0 scoreline.

Littleport Town scored no points when they visited sixth placed Fulbourn Institute as they lost 2-0, meaning they have lost their last two matches. Manager Dave Beeton will be hoping to stop this trend next week with a home encounter against Linton Granta.

Soham Town Rangers Reserves were the last of the trio to lose their weekend match as 15th-placed Waterbeach comfortably saw them off 3-0 thus leapfrogging Rangers who are veering towards the bottom of the table.

Kershaw Senior A

SOHAM United’s dream start to the season continued as they went to Hundon and came away with a 4-2 victory, making it six in six for Andy Parker’s merry men. Steve Dalby and Liam Eley both grabbed doubles as United extended their lead at the top of the pile to five points at this early stage.

Kershaw Senior B.

WAYNE Bostock’s 83rd minute strike was totally irrelevant for Littleport Town Reserves as they hosted high-flying West Row Gunners and were hammered by five goals to Bostock’s one to leave them in mid-table.

Lower Junior Cup

STRETHAM Hotspurs and Little Downham Swifts were involved in high-scoring ties that ended up with favourable scorelines as they won through 6-1 against Fulbourn Institute A and 8-5 at Walsoken respectively.

Rob Parker scored two of the goals for Swifts as well as university-bound Jordan Miller on a bumper day for the Downham strikers but boss Tony Ure will be a bit concerned about the five goals conceded. Ed Hale was the outstanding performer for Swifts on the day.

Mepal Sports Reserves also won through against lower-league opponents Isleham Wanderers by five goals to two.

Daniel Griffiths got the ball rolling after just two minutes with an early strike and Adrian Salt and Stuart Johnson joined him on the scoresheet before half-time. Salt doubled his tally on 60 minutes before substitute Luigi De Rose struck in the 95th minute to wrap up the game for Mepal.

Soham United Reserves’ excellent start to the season in the league did not transfer to the cup as they lost 5-1 to Saffron Rangers despite hot shot striker Josef Depfeiffer finding the net yet again.

Haddenham Rovers also exited the competition at the first stage even though it took extra time for opponents Whittlesford United Reserves to finally see them off by three goals to two. Jamie Black and Ally Gilbert scored their first goals of the season for Rovers but to no avail.

Wicken Amateurs also lost by the same 3-2 scoreline as they were turned over by Upwell Town.

Unluckiest local side of the round were Witchford 96 Reserves who were deadlocked at full time and after extra time with Wisbech St Mary B before succumbing 2-0 on penalties. 96 were level at 2-2 after the first 90 minutes and then 3-3 following the extra 30 minutes but the spot kicks proved just too much.

Division 5C

ELY Crusaders’ all star squad were far too strong for perennial bottom side Burwell Swifts A as Scott Dews filled his boots again, claiming a hat-trick, Scott Fuller scored for the second week in succession and he was joined on the scoresheet by Michael Henderson, Wesley Reid and sub Leroy Meads who all claimed their first efforts of the campaign.

Division 5D

NEWLY-reformed side Littleport Town A are also finding life to their liking in this section as they rose to second place in the league with a 6-0 home spanking of lowly Doddington United A.

This followed last week’s surprise defeat to Upwell Town where Liam Woollard’s goal was not enough as Town lost 3-1 but this came after their opening day victory away to Chatteris Fen Tigers where Andrew Berry, Kieran Phillips and Callum Walker all scored to wrap up the points for Port’s third string.