Swift action stuns the leaders
SATURDAY – DIVISION 5B Little Downham Swifts Reserves turned the form book upside-down by handing leaders Estover Park their first defeat of the campaign. Richard Scott tapped in the opener from close range after good work by Nicky Martin, and the 2-1 win
SATURDAY - DIVISION 5B
Little Downham Swifts Reserves turned the form book upside-down by handing leaders Estover Park their first defeat of the campaign.
Richard Scott tapped in the opener from close range after good work by Nicky Martin, and the 2-1 winner came from a Martin penalty following a hand-ball.
Clive Forden (2) and Tom Thatcher were the players on target as Burwell Swifts Reserves beat Coldham United 3-1 away in the same section.
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Fordham knocked leaders Hundon off their perch with a 2-2 draw at home.
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Adam Curtis returned from his long injury-induced lay-off to score with a deft chip after 15 minutes, and Sam James's cross was dummied past the 'keeper by Dan Langley to make it 2-0 midway through the first half.
Hundon battled back after the break and soon restored parity, but Fordham held on for a gutsy point.
Wisbech Town Reserves had only one point and 14 goals to their credit prior to Saturday's encounter with Littleport Town, but came from two goals down to clinch their maiden win.
Will Ludbrooke and Chris Lupson scored to put the visitors in apparent control, but it was all square at the interval and then 3-2 to the hosts after the restart.
Substitute Scott Dews set up Ludbrooke to make it 3-3, only for a third howler by goalkeeper Dan Whebell to let the hosts in for their winner.
"The way we are playing," said 'Port boss Dave Cullum afterwards, "I can't see us winning another game, we are that poor at the moment."
SENIOR DIVISION A
Draw specialists Debden - with seven draws from 13 league outings - made it eight from 14 on Saturday as they shared eight goals with Soham Town Rangers Reserves.
SENIOR DIVISION B
Haddenham Rovers dropped back into the bottom four as John Lee scored and Ed Ideson was red-carded in the 7-1 defeat by unbeaten leaders Cherry Hinton, but Soham United continued their climb up the table at the expense of struggling Littleport Town Reserves.
Steve Dalby (3), Dan Simmons (2), Tom Christie, Mark Allen and substitute Ally Mohammed were the players on target as United ran out emphatic 8-2 winners.
JUNIOR CUP THIRD ROUND
Ely City A lost 4-2 after extra-time at Comberton United Reserves, and Sutton United were humbled 4-0 at home by Sawston United.
There were vital relegation wins for both Stretham Hotspurs and Isleham United.
Isleham moved out of the bottom two thanks to a Danny Binns double in the 2-0 win at Milton Reserves, and Michael Beeby likewise scored twice in Stretham's 4-1 defeat of bottom club Lode.
Beeby fired through a crowded goalmouth to break the ice, and Leigh Iball doubled the lead after a brilliant one-touch move.
Iball scrambled home number three before the interval, and Beeby made the points safe after Lode had pulled one back from the penalty spot.
Witchford '96 breathed new life into their promotion challenge by beating fellow contenders Newmarket White Lion.
Colin Coulson's bullet header from a Richard Martin free-kick made the interval score 2-1 after Aaron Spencer's opener had been cancelled out, and Ross Spencer converted Sean Gimbert's through ball to make it 3-1 after the break.
Martin extended Witchford's lead, and Aaron Spencer finished off Ally McDonald's pass to wrap the points up with goal number five.
Pymoor FC lost 6-1 at Wisbech St Mary Reserves, and Hemingfords United Reserves regained top spot after beating The Vine 2-0.
Little Downham Swifts are up to fourth spot after first half goals from Aaron Hodson (3) and James South made the most of excellent midfield play from Scott Hones in the 4-0 win at Haddenham Rovers Reserves.
Mepal Sports lost further ground on the leaders after a 1-1 draw against Cottenham United A.
JOHN ABLETT CUP THIRD ROUND
Burwell Swifts and Ely Crusaders earned Quarter-Final home ties after beating Eaton Socon A and Fordham Reserves respectively.
Burwell's Kevin Driver, Danny Jones and Scott White saw off Eaton Socon 3-2, whilst at Ely a solitary Luke Schunmann strike defeated visiting Fordham.
First half goals from Leon Collins and Sam Morgan failed to save The Vine Reserves from a 8-2 defeat at home to West Row Gunners Reserves, and Wicken Amateurs missed a host of chances during the 1-1 draw with Swavesey Institute Reserves.
Sam Richardson had put them ahead from Josh Woodroffe's 37th minute pass.
Ely Park Rangers Reserves kept up their Division 1A title chase after a Tom Hoppitt hat-trick helped them to a 6-4 victory over University Chem Labs.
The same scoreline enabled Wilburton Albion to claim the 3A points at the expense of Prince of Wales Newmarket, whilst in the same section, Fox Burwell beat Lakenheath Eagles 4-1.
That was also the way it finished as QPR Ely won at Exning United Reserves in Division 2A, whilst in the Senior Division Triple-S shared six goals with Arbury.
In Division 4A Little Downham United flopped 10-1 at NCI, but Wicken Maids Head beat Arbury Akademiks 7-3 after the visitors introduced three substitutes and were then reduced to nine men through injury.
Ely Pymoor Rangers reached the last eight of the Tucker Gardner League Cup as goals from Neil Garner (3), Stephen Footer (2), Joe Featherstone (2), Stephen Evans and substitute Dale Spring earned a 9-0 victory over North Star.