LOCAL FOOTBALL: Whittlesey Athletic Reserves romp to 13th straight league win with stunning 15-0 success over Long Sutton Athletic
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It’s been quite the week for Whittlesey Athletic Reserves.
Max Flintoft’s men lifted the North Cambs Junior Cup thanks to a dramatic 2-1 extra-time win over Chatteris Town Reserves last Wednesday and followed that success up with a fantastic 15-0 win in their PDFL Division One clash with Long Sutton Athletic on Saturday.
Flintoft’s side stormed to their biggest win this season thanks to hat-tricks from Jack Carter and Ricky Hailstone, six goals from Jack Flintoft and further strikes from Jack Speechley and Gavin Baker.
Athletic raced into an eight-goal lead by half time and refused to let up in the second period, rattling in another seven goals against nine-man Long Sutton to seal their 13th straight league win, leaving Flintoft full of praise for his side after the full-time whistle.
“Jack Carter and Jack Flintoft both have 29 goals each for the season which is tremendous. It shows that we are a team and not just a one man show.
“In my eyes, it’s sometimes harder to prepare against a team with nine men. Getting the players in the right frame of mind is vital and at the end of the day we got the job done. It is three points which is what we need at this stage of the season.
“Fair play to Long Sutton, who kept battling and they deserve a lot of credit for only having nine men. It’s never nice to see a team that low on numbers but my players were very focused and got the job done.”
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Fourth-placed Whittlesey are now just five points behind Sutton Bridge United, who sit in second in the standings, and could close that gap to two points with a win on Saturday afternoon.
However, they face league leaders Moulton Harrox Reserves, who have proven to be somewhat of a bogey side for Whittlesey.
Moulton were the last side to inflict a league defeat on Whittlesey - all the way back in October - and triumphed on penalties when the sides met in the PDFL Challenge Cup last month.
“The pressure is off us we just have to keep grinding away and battling for the three points,” added Flintoft.
“That’s all I can ask of my players from now until the end of the season.”
• Whittlesey’s 15-goal win was the club’s second in recent years. Their first team hit 15 goals past Burton Park Wanderers last season under Andy Lodge.