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Under-8 Ely Crusaders 2 Witchford 2 IN A reversal of the pre-Christmas fixture, Ely Crusaders and Witchford served up an action-packed encounter with the outcome influenced by an unlikely source. Ely opened the scoring through James Barrett, but W

Under-8

Ely Crusaders 2 Witchford 2

IN A reversal of the pre-Christmas fixture, Ely Crusaders and Witchford served up an action-packed encounter with the outcome influenced by an unlikely source.

Ely opened the scoring through James Barrett, but Witchford equalised and then took the lead when a cross-shot rebounded off the referee's shin and into the net.


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Man of the match Lewis Hook came to Crusaders' rescue with an excellent finish to see the teams level at half-time.

Both teams continued to play excellent passing football in heavy rain, but superb goalkeeping ensured the scores remained the same.

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Ely Crusaders squad: Barrett, Felton, Frodsham, Funnell, Hook, Jeckells, Leech, Marston, Scarborough, Spittles.

Cottenham 2 Soham Town Colts 6

MAN of the match Ged Montana scored a hat-trick as Soham extended their unbeaten run to four games.

After a goalless first half, Montana hit two in quick succession. Cedric Turner then made it 3-0 before Cottenham pulled one back.

Robert Fretwell finished well to put Soham 4-1 up and, after the hosts hit back again, Montana slipped in to complete a fine hat-trick.

Soham saved the best to last. A fine passing move the whole length of the pitch was expertly finished by Jack Challis.

Haddenham Rovers Colts 5 Waterbeach 2

HADDENHAM started the year with a comfortable win.

Waterbeach took lead against the run of play, but Matthew Wright equalised with a left-footed strike from outside the area.

Joshua Lowe put the home team ahead, battling through several tackles before forcing the ball in from close range. Kieran Petty shot into the top corner to make it 3-1.

Waterbeach fought well but went further behind when Jake Alsop scored directly from a corner.

Waterbeach pulled a goal back on the break but Petty scored his second and Rovers' fifth to wrap up a superb victory.

Haddenham's man of the match was the tough-tackling Alsop.

Haddeham squad: William Darlington, Matthew Wright, Ricky Sawyer, Jake Alsop, Charlie Tunnell, Joseph Alsop, Kieran Petty, Matthew Beary, Nicholas Threadgold, Joshua Lowe.

Burwell Tigers 3 Stretham Sporting 4

STRETHAM edged this close-fought contest.

Joe Bailey gave the visitors the lead, but Burwell scored two quick goals. Max Bovingdon struck the equaliser before half-time.

A Bailey brace, which included a penalty, gave Stretham some breathing space, before Burwell scored a fine third goal to set up a tense last few minutes.

Mepal 10 Sutton 3

MEPAL'S fine form continued with a convincing victory over their neighbours.

Once again Mepal's resolve was tested, having fallen behind to an early Sutton strike.

The in-form Kassem Silvain helped himself to a hat-trick and defender Thomas Smith was also on the scoresheet for Mepal.

George Rayner scored on his return from injury and midfielder Ashley Howlett's double capped off a fine individual display.

Completing the scoring for Mepal were James Rayson and a Jacob Waters double.

Josh Fenner, James Knox and Joe-Joe Colito were as reliable as ever at the back for Mepal, and Harrison Jones was unlucky not to further increase the margin of victory.

Mepal squad: Thomas Smith, Joe-Joe Corlito, Joshua Fenner, James Knox, Ashley Howlett, James Rayson, George Rayner, Kassem Silvain, Harrison Jones, Jacob Waters.

Under-9

Witchford Colts B 6 Chatteris Town C 3

THIS newly-formed Witchford team recorded a good friendly win against spirited opponents.

Goals from George Thoday, Soloman Grover and Luke Higginson, after a great run from defence, put Witchford in a commanding position.

A super strike from Oliver Richards and some great saves from Louis Green sealed the win.

Chatteris fought hard throughout and thoroughly deserved their goals.

Witchford's captain for the day, Daniel Scott, produced a commanding defensive display and won the man of the match award.

Witchford squad: Oliver Richards, Joseph Ambrosio, Louis Green, Oliver Short, Daniel Scott, Joshua Stevens, Luke Higginson, George Thoday, Soloman Grover, Nathan Ellis.

Under-11

Haddenham Rovers Colts A 6 Littleport Town 0

HADDENHAM Rovers Colts A started the year with an emphatic victory.

After creating several good openings, Oliver Holden put the hosts ahead with a sweet strike in the 18th minute.

Littleport looked dangerous on the break but Matthew Morton and Jake Bartolozzi were outstanding in the Rovers' defence.

Rovers went up a gear in the second half and increased their lead when Alex Lowe's superb through ball was expertly pulled back from the byeline by John Falconer and then fired in off a defender.

James Beary latched on to Joe Snooks' lay-off to strike a fierce angled shot into the roof of the net, before Alex Lowe made the score 4-0 by ramming home from a corner.

Kieran Drummond moved into central-midfield and scored with a superbly placed strike from distance, before Drummond completed the rout, using quick feet to poke home Bartolozzi's through ball.

Haddenham squad: Richard Padmore, Theo Hall, Matthew Morton, Jake Bartolozzi, Kieran Drummond, Alex Lowe, James Beary, Oliver Holden, John Falconer, Joe Snooks.

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