NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Cup glory as Chatteris lift the Bill Salisbury crown by beating March Town in annual pre-season clash

Chatteris Town show off the Bill Salisbury Memorial Cup. Picture: DAN MASON/CHATTERIS TOWN FC

Chatteris Town show off the Bill Salisbury Memorial Cup. Picture: DAN MASON/CHATTERIS TOWN FC - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Town beat higher-level local rivals March Town to retain the Bill Salisbury Memorial Cup on Tuesday night.

The Lilies lifted the silverware after coming from behind to record a 2-1 success at West Street.

They trailed to a Toby Allen goal at the break but levelled through triallist Jack Jefferson 10 minutes into the second period.

Jack Saunders, who usually plays for Step 4 side Yaxley, then completed the turnaround with 11 minutes to go when beating March goalkeeper Simon Dalton with a fine free-kick.

Manager Alex Kaufman said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the way every single one of the lads dug on and did the exact job we needed them to do.

“It’s a first trophy for me and for some of the players. You could see how much it meant – especially to the lads brought up in this area.

“Getting one over on March is a nice bonus.”

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Kaufman also took plenty of positives when Chatteris were beaten 6-0 by Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Ely City in their first pre-season workout last Saturday.

The Lilies, who are seeking to earn an immediate promotion from Kershaw Senior A Division of the Cambs League after being relegated last season, face Soham Town Rangers, who play another level higher than Ely, in their next friendly on Tuesday.

Kaufman added: “If we can perform as we did in the first half against Ely and in the whole of the March game, we’ll definitely compete in Senior A.

“Our agreed aim is that we want promotion straight away.”

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