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