Football round-up: Lilies begin to play catch-up and five-star March Town Reserves hammer Huntingdon United

March Town Res V Huntingdon United. Picture; Steve Williams.

March Town Res V Huntingdon United. Picture; Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Town had a successful midweek outing as they play catch-up in the Cambs League promotion race.

Aidan Hollis, Ben Matthews, Gary Smith and Scott Callaghan struck as the Lilies beat Fulbourn Institute Reserves 4-0 on Tuesday night in the Kershaw Senior A Division.

Chatteris face the difficult task of shoe-horning more than half of their league fixtures into the remaining two months of the season, but a promotion place is within reach if they can hit form.

Wisbech St Mary Reserves continued their march towards the Division 1B crown with a 4-2 success at Eaton Socon Reserves last Saturday.

Kevin Smith hit the first and last Saints goals with Danny Emmington and Martin Wright also finding the net.

It was also a good day for March Town Reserves at the same level. James Harness hit two of their goals in a 5-1 drubbing of Huntingdon United while Chatteris Town Reserves edged clear of the relegation zone with a 2-0 win at Manea. Joe Waters and Alex Ashley were the goalscorers.

In the league below, Wisbech St Mary A were crushed 7-0 by a rampant Ely Crusaders, while in Division 4B, March Rangers Reserves held Witchford 96 Reserves to a 2-2 draw.

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In NMC 5B, Wicken Athletic sentenced Chatteris Town B to their 11th defeat of a dismal season by hammering the Lilies’ side 4-0.

Elsewhere, in the Peterborough & District League Premier Division, Whittlesey Athletic manager Andy Lodge declared himself happy with a deadlock in their big promotion clash with Netherton last Saturday.

Lodge’s lads were involved in a goalless draw at the Peterborough side – the other outfit to have applied for a rise in class.

The stalemate leaves Whittlesey 14 points head of their opponents, who have two games in hand.

“A draw was a fair result,” said Lodge. “It was one of those games with a lot of good football played, but in the end we cancelled each other out.

“It is better result for us than Netherton in the promotion race.”

Whittlesey came closest to breaking the deadlock late on when only a fine defensive challenge diverted a Liam Harrold shot over the bar.

They remain second in the table, but now trail leaders Moulton Harrox by two points.

Wisbech Town Reserves boosted their promotion challenge in Division One with a 5-2 victory against Moulton Harrox Reserves.

Jacob Smith hit two of the goals for Danny Hughes’ side as they closed to within five points of table-toppers Stamford Lions.