Town through in penalty shoot-out
SATURDAY FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL FORDHAM and Littleport Town, who recently contested a 2-2 draw in the league, repeated the dose in Saturday s cup encounter, but the visitors eventually won the tie 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out. Full
SATURDAY FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE CUP QUARTER FINAL
FORDHAM and Littleport Town, who recently contested a 2-2 draw in the league, repeated the dose in Saturday's cup encounter, but the visitors eventually won the tie 6-5 in a penalty shoot-out.
Full-back Matt Almond scored his first goal of the season from Steve Palmer's pass, and Fordham looked in control at that stage.
Nigel Smith equalised from the penalty spot, but 'Port took the lead when David Cullum (jnr) fired home a free-kick on the hour.
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Beeton went close to extending 'Port's advantage, but Fordham responded by pushing Ben Fuller forward from midfield and Jose Montero tied the scores at 2-2.
After a goalless extra half-an-hour, penalties were needed.
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Mark Brown saved twice for 'Port as the score reached 6-6, but Fuller put Fordham's seventh penalty wide of the target and Matt Parry's successful spot-kick saw the visitors through by the narrowest of margins.
WILLIAM COCKELL CUP QUARTER FINAL
ELY City Reserves will travel to either Hundon or Girton United in the semi-finals after seeing off the challenge of Brampton.
City's early domination was resisted but Jamie Smith eventually broke through after the 'keeper had fumbled Martin Gray's 65th minute flick-on.
Gareth Arter fired home from 18 yards with the last kick of the game to make it 2-0.
SENIOR DIVISION A
SOHAM Town Rangers Reserves lost further ground at the top of the table after Alex Irvine's penalty failed to save them from a 2-1 defeat at Wisbech Town Reserves.
SENIOR DIVISION B
HADDENHAM Rovers moved to fifth spot in the table despite having the only minus goal difference among the top nine clubs. On Saturday they trailed 2-0 at home to Swavesey Institute and then faced a penalty kick, but goalkeeper Paul Burton kept the ball out and Will Ludbrooke pulled a goal back after good work by Kenny Holmes.
Robbie Keen made it 2-2 after nodding in a Holmes cross, and Ludbrooke turned the tables, making it 3-2 at half-time, which was how it stayed.
Soham United's poor run continued with a 3-1 defeat away to leaders Milton.
LUKE Bailey and Mark Talbot were on target for Littleport Town Reserves at Great Paxton Reserves, but they always trailed and went down by the odd goal in five.
SUTTON United recovered a 2-1 interval deficit to take all three points at the expense of visiting Hemingfords United Reserves.
Matthew Keys helped himself to a hat-trick, and other goals from Peter Wallace and veteran Paul Canham saw Sutton through 5-3 at the final whistle.
Ely City A also hit five as Matt Brodie (3) and Stuart Seekings (2) saw them through 5-1 at home to Needingworth United Reserves, and Witchford '96 won 3-1 in their derby match at Isleham United.
An own goal in favour of the visitors was cancelled out by Nathan Payne's header, but Aaron Spencer twice set up Michael Ward as Witchford won readily.
THE Vine handed Wisbech St Mary Reserves their first league defeat on Saturday, and had to come from behind.
Mark Higginbottom levelled the scores just after half-time, and Ben Hatton scored direct from a corner in the 80th minute to clinch the points 2-1.
Pymoor FC, just behind The Vine in fourth spot, also came from a goal down to win 2-1 in their match at Dullingham.
David Harvey pulled them back on level terms, and - despite a lacklustre performance - Pymoor eventually came through with a Simon Law winner.
Soham United Reserves now lead the division after a last minute penalty enabled them to outscore Fordham Reserves 4-3 (for whom Ian Butterworth (2) and Scott Day were on target.) Stuart Freeland scored two for Soham as did Jason Parker, who held his nerve superbly to put away the last-minute spot kick to seal the win in this fiery local derby.
Little Downham Swifts had to settle for a share of the spoils at Cottenham United A.
Last week's hero Richard Kent was profligate on this occasion, but did set up Scott Fuller's first half equaliser.
Man of the match David Gipp lobbed home to make it 2-2 in the second half.
MEPAL Sports remain unbeaten after Matt Johannsson (3) and Tim Houghton (penalty) provided them with a 4-0 victory at March Rangers, and Sutton United Reserves were also successful on away soil.
Ed Ideson (2, 1 penalty) and Ryan Bate gave them a 3-0 interval lead at Earith United, and that proved just enough as they went on to win by the odd goal in five.
Burwell Swifts meanwhile were grateful for a Danny Jones strike - courtesy of a Mike Edwards pass - as they salvaged a 2-2 draw at home to Milton A.
Lee Harding was the other Swifts' goalscorer, but the hosts were grateful for a string of fine saves from Pete Brown at the start of the second period.
LITTLE Downham Swifts Reserves scored three goals in the last 10 minutes to overcome stubborn resistance from Isleham United Reserves.
Dean Martin's early strike was cancelled out by Sam Richardson for United, but Gareth Draper with a brace of headers and Paul Bone put the result beyond doubt.
Richardson and Ashley Binns pulled back fine goals in the time remaining, but Downham still ran out 4-3 winners.
Jamie Palmer (2) and substitute Jonathan Goldsack outscored Scott Dews as Wicken Amateurs won 3-1 at third-placed Littleport Town A, but The Vine Reserves had to settle for a 1-1 draw at home to Fenstanton Reserves, courtesy of Ashley Dougan.
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