GALLERY: Bedford full of optimism as Alexander scores again in Chatteris Town’s win over Ely City Reserves

Chatteris Town v Ely City Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams.

Chatteris Town v Ely City Reserves. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Town kept up their strong start to the season with a 3-2 win over Ely City Reserves on Saturday.

Ross Alexander, Josh Joyce and Shaun Simpson put the Lillies three up in the first half before Ely mounted a second half fight back.

But Chatteris stood firm and now sit seventh in Cambs Senior A with 15 points from seven games.

Joint manager Jock Bedford said: “We were three up after 18 minutes and it could have been six at half time.

“Ely changed things at the break and I didn’t. We were hanging on at the end but Ben Collett made a good save. “I’m very pleased with my players. They are committed and we play an attractive, expansive brand of football.”

Chatteris have one of the league’s most feared players - Alexander has bagged 13 goals in 10 games.

Bedford said: “Ross has scored in every game but one since he joined the club. He puts in a shift and he has that knack in front of goal.

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“The other players’ are contributing to that as well and he’s in the right place to score the goals.

“As a squad we have a nice blend of players who know each other from the under-18s and those like Ross with a bit more experience.

“Things are progressing nicely. This club is a fantastic place to be.”

Wisbech St Mary lost 4-2 at Foxton in the Cambs Premier League.

In Cambs Senior B, Doddington United romped to a 9-2 win over Swavesey Institute. Craig Gillies (2), Scott Goodger (2), Paul Rowell, Gary Smith, David Turnbull, Jermaine Watson and Joe Waters scored.

Fellow high flyers Outwell Swifts beat Hardwick Reserves 1-0, while Wimblington thumped Barrington 4-0.

In NMC 1B, Dan Martell hit a hat-trick and David Anguila scored as Manea United beat Eaton Socon Reserves 4-1.

Wisbech St Mary Reserves progressed in the Junior Challenge Cup with a 7-0 win over Alconbury. Reagan Brown (2), Jake Baldry, Mark Hardwick, Chris McAree, Ashley Symonds and Connor Young got the goals.

Ashley Blanchflower, Lewis Welcher, Jason Harrison and Luke Pepper scored as March Town United Reserves won 4-0 over Thorney Reserves.

But Whittlesey Blue Star are out of the cup after losing 2-1 to Over Sports Reserves and Chatteris Town Reserves endured the same fate after a 7-0 hammering at Bar Hill Saturday.

Daniel Drane (2), Jamie darlow and Daniel French were on target as Whittlesey (Coates) Athletic kept up their Peterborough and District League title challenge with a 4-0 win at Leverington Sports.

March Town Ladies were 2-0 down against Sawtry Ladies after 65 minutes when their match was abandoned.

A Sawtry forward pulled neck ligaments and will be in a neck brace for a couple of weeks.