BACK OF THE NET: Young’s delight as Chatteris Town end 16-game winless run
FIVE miserable months came to an end with a 3-2 win for Chatteris Town on Saturday - and caretaker boss Julian Young was on the pitch as the final whistle blew.
The 47-year-old, forced to come on for the injured Scott Goodger, was part of wild celebrations as the Lilies ended their 16-game winless run by beating Foxton at West Street.
Aaron Bailey’s brace and a late winner from Alex Ashley were enough to earn Chatteris their first win since September and haul them out of the Kershaw Premier Division bottom two.
Young said: “To get that win was a great feeling. It was for everyone involved at the club.
“When Alex got the winner, I think everyone but the goalkeeper ran up to him and jumped on him.
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“There was a great reaction from the crowd and there were some very happy faces in the changing room afterwards.”
Young, who has already led the Lilies to a spirited defeat against high-flying Great Shelford and a rare clean sheet in a draw at Littleport, has masterminded a mini-comeback since taking over from Steve Taylor last month.
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“I think the way the lads have reacted has been brilliant,” he said. “But we must remember that one win doesn’t make the rest of the season.
“The first thing I did after taking over was get the tactics board out and say ‘this is how we will play, it’s not going to be pretty but it will make us hard to beat’.
“It doesn’t matter who we play we have to keep to that plan.”
Chairman Steve Bright, coach Russell Warby and former manager Jimmy Unwin were all in the dugout to watch relegation-threatened Chatteris record the overdue win.
Bright said: “We were all tremendously pleased. I couldn’t be happier for Julian and the boys who have put the hard work in.
“Hopefully we have turned a corner now.”
Chatteris travel to Waterbeach tomorrow.