NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Ashley Taylor praises Chatteris Town’s defensive determination
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Chatteris Town boss Ashley Taylor was full of praise for his men after they turned in top back-to-back defensive performances in the Kershaw Premier Division this week.
The Lilies became the first side to prevent top-three side Eaton Socon from finding the net by holding them to a goalless draw on Saturday, before snatching all three points with a last-minute winner against West Wratting last night.
“Our defensive work has been excellent,” Taylor said.
“West Wratting have been the in-form team lately and are battling with us to finish in fifth.
“It was a fast-paced, physical game and you could clearly see both teams really wanted to win.”
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It looked as though the sides were destined to share the points last night after Simon Howard’s goal after half an hour was cancelled out, but Gary Smith struck a 94th-minute winner to give the Lilies their first win since the beginning of March.
“It was a great pinpoint pass from Josh Dodman and Gary made a clever run and slipped it under the ‘keeper,” said Taylor.
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“I think our togetherness and team work earned us the win and there’s nothing better than scoring a 94th-minute winner.”
The game was marred by a first-half brawl which saw a handful of Chatteris players booked.
“We had five bookings and they must have had about eight players booked,” said Taylor.
“Their centre-half head-butted Craig Gillies which started the brawl but the referee only gave him a yellow.
“They tried to intimidate us but we more than stood up to the challenge.”
Chatteris host Foxton on Saturday afternoon (3pm) before four consecutive away games.