NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Boss Ashley Taylor praises Chatteris Town’s defensive determination

Ashley Taylor has praised Chatteris Town's defensive work after taking four points from a possible s

Ashley Taylor has praised Chatteris Town's defensive work after taking four points from a possible six this week. PHOTO: Steve Snell - Credit: Archant

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.”

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.

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