Chatteris Town back on track - but complacency still an issue, says boss Taylor

Hemingfords United fire the winner to send Chatteris Town to their first home defeat of the season.

Hemingfords United fire the winner to send Chatteris Town to their first home defeat of the season. Photo: Steve Snell - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Town manager Ashley Taylor believes his side’s current form needs improvement after a mixed run of results.

Since their narrow cup exit to fellow league outfit Fulbourn Institute on October 12, the Lilies have won and lost twice - the latest victory coming in a comfortable 4-0 win at Sawston United in the Kershaw Premier League.

But Taylor thinks complacency is the reason for their recent downturn.

“At present, I’m happy with where we are in terms of league position, but of course, I’m unhappy with our current form”, he said.

“The last few games we have become complacent and not performed to the level that I expect.”

Currently fourth in the Kershaw Premier League table with eight wins and three defeats so far, adapting to life in the top tier of the Cambridgeshire County League doesn’t seem difficult for the Lilies.

After clinching promotion to the top flight last season, plus winning three cup competitions, Taylor’s men know the taste of success, but he feels his team have played well after stepping up a level.

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“We have performed well, but we could have done better,” Taylor said. “I know this and the players know this. The most important thing is we are always learning and improving as a team.”

Captain Stuart Porter, now in his second spell with the club, added: “I think we always knew we had quality in the side, but whether we believed we could win things, I’m not so sure. The team spirit in the side is one of the best I’ve been involved in.”

Home form has been instrumental for Town’s rise, having lost twice at West Street since August 2015, the most recent a 2-1 loss to Hemingfords United.

Speaking on the importance of playing at home, Porter said: “Chatteris sides have always performed well at West Street. We are fortunate with the facilities we have and the outstanding local support we get at every home game.”

Although home comforts may not be the issue, away form may be the current problem to deal with, despite the expectation of the odd bad result.

“We have a very young side, so a freak result now and then is more likely, but it’s up to the more mature players to try and limit these performances,” Porter said.

The Lilies take on Fulbourn Institute in the KO Cup tomorrow (1.45pm).