LOCAL FOOTBALL: Stand-in Chatteris Town boss not worried about defeat to league leaders

West Wratting celebrate one of their three goals in their win over Chatteris Town on Saturday. Photo

West Wratting celebrate one of their three goals in their win over Chatteris Town on Saturday. Photo: @ChatterisTownFC - Credit: Archant

Chatteris Town’s stand-in managerial team was given a baptism of fire last weekend.

The Lilies travelled to Kershaw Premier Division leaders West Wratting and the village side showed why they are at the summit with an impressive 3-0 victory.

The clash was Stuart Porter and Sean McKay’s first in charge after Ashley Taylor’s departure last week but Porter says he isn’t overly disheartened by their heavy defeat.

“After a bit of a hectic week with Ash leaving, I don’t think we could have expected much,” he said.

“We are desperate to get some players back in the coming weeks. We knew we were up against it, going away to a side in good form at the top of the table and with so many injuries it was always going to be tough.

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“We really let ourselves down in the first half and defensively we were very poor. West Wratting came out flying and scored three goals in the first half an hour which effectively won them the game.

“It’s a shame we didn’t have the experience to dig in and get through that spell as they were never going to keep up their work rate for the whole game.

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“They slowed in the second half and we were by far the better team but they showed their resolve and we didn’t really threaten their goal. We played most of our football in front of the back four.”

Chatteris are without a game this weekend after their scheduled showdown with Great Shelford was postponed. Their next fixture comes on October 7 with a KO Cup clash at Cambridge University Press.

“We have a bit of work to do but there is still plenty to play for this season and we will continue to get stronger,” Porter added.

Elsewhere, former manager Taylor returned to West Street at the weekend – but as a player.

He pulled on the blue and white shirt for the club’s A team and even found the net in their 7-1 defeat to Ely Crusaders Reserves in the 4B Division.

Chatteris Reserves eased to their second win of the season with a 3-0 win over Eaton Socon Reserves in the 1B Division. Ash Blanchflower, Jared Stephenson and Matt Walshe hit the goals in that game.

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