NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Chatteris Town look set to miss out on fourth Kershaw Premier Division spot after Lakenheath defeat

Craig Gillies looks on as Lakenheath goalkeeper Ian Fawcett makes another fine save in his side's 1-0 win at West Street last Saturday. PHOTO: Steve Snell

Craig Gillies looks on as Lakenheath goalkeeper Ian Fawcett makes another fine save in his side's 1-0 win at West Street last Saturday. PHOTO: Steve Snell

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It was a bad day at the office for Chatteris Town last Saturday, according to manager Ashley Taylor.

The Lilies’ Kershaw Premier Division top-four hopes were dealt possibly their biggest blow yet thanks to rivals Lakenheath, who snatched a 1-0 success at West Street to extend their lead in fourth place to 10 points.

Aaron Turner netted the decisive goal and Lakenheath goalkeeper Ian Fawcett made a number of inspired saves as Chatteris were sent to their second straight league defeat and boss Taylor admitted that his men were just not at the races – and also criticised the playing surface at West Street.

“Saturday was definitely a bad day,” Taylor said.

“We were a team just going through the motions with no fight or desire.

“I don’t want to make excuses but our pitch is probably the worst in the league. It doesn’t allow you to play football.

“We are a footballing side and playing on a bobbly pitch gives the opposition an advantage as we can’t play to our strengths.

“Lakenheath deserved the win though – they wanted it much more than us.”

Chatteris’ back-to-back defeats have allowed sixth-placed Fulbourn Institute to sneak to within five points of the Lilies with eight games remaining, and Taylor has called on his men to show “massive improvement” and respond with a win at Cherry Hinton this weekend.

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