Football round-up: Wisbech St Mary drop points for a third successive week and Outwell Swifts soar even further ahead

Action from Wisbech St Mary's 0-0 draw with Hemingfords United. Pictures: Steve Williams

Action from Wisbech St Mary's 0-0 draw with Hemingfords United. Pictures: Steve Williams - Credit: Archant

Wisbech St Mary dropped points for the third consecutive Kershaw Premier League game on Saturday after falling to a disappointing 0-0 draw with basement side Hemingfords United.

Arran Duke’s men had multiple opportunities to take all three points during the clash at Station Road, but dogged Hemingfords – who had only kept three clean sheets all season prior to their trip to the villagers – managed to keep them at bay.

Wisbech St Mary are still in with a chance of climbing into the top three in the Kershaw Premier League, as they trail second-placed Eaton Socon by five points.

Outwell Swifts look set to join Wisbech St Mary in the Cambs League’s top division after securing a 3-1 victory over second-placed Milton.

Goals from Paul Richardson, Chris Gunkel and Ross Beart fired the Swifts to their second successive victory since a shock defeat to Royston Town A – a win which sees them soar 11 points clear at the top of the Kershaw Senior A division.

In the NMC 1B, Wisbech St Mary Reserves extended their lead at the top of the pile to a whopping 23 points with a hard-fought triumph over Chatteris Town Reserves.

St Mary’s second string stormed into a two-goal lead thanks to strikes from Kevin Smith and Martin Wright, and a goal from the Lilies’ Joe Waters wasn’t enough to halt the league-leaders from going even further ahead at the league’s summit.

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In the same division, Manea United were pipped 1-0 by fellow mid-tablers St. Ives Rangers, and four goals from James Harness helped March Town Reserves to an impressive 6-3 success over Swavesey Institute.

In the division below, March Rangers’ promotion hopes suffered a blow after they were on the wrong end of a 3-2 scoreline against Brampton Reserves.

Chatteris Fen Tigers were hit for six by Burwell Swifts Reserves in the NMC 3B, and Upwell Town continued their march up the table with a 3-1 win over Earith United.

Wisbech St Mary B also experienced victory last weekend by notching their second consecutive league win with 5-1 hammering of Wimblington Reserves.

Doddington United are in with a shout of promotion in the NMC 4B, and responded well to their 7-1 humbling at the hands of Tuddenham 08 with a 2-1 success over Isleham United Reserves.

Further down the division, March Rangers Reserves achieved only their fourth win of a poor campaign with a 4-2 victory over Hemingfords United A.

And finally, goals from Andy Whyte and Matthew Toms fired Chatteris Town B to a heroic 2-1 victory over Barton Mills.

The Lilies’ B team’s third win of the season gives them a real chance of survival in the NMC 5B, with only three points now separating them with Barton Mills in ninth.

Runaway league leaders Guyhirn were held to a draw for only the third time this season after a brace from Christopher Havard helped Needingworth United Reserves to a 2-2 draw.