Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In football, Cambridge United bagged their second league win of the season on Saturday as they beat Colchester United 1-0 at the Cambs Glass.
The U’s looked lively in the first half and broke the deadlock in the 64th minute courtesy of an Uche Ikpeazu goal and they held on to move up to 12th.
Manager Shaun Derry said: “I thought both teams cancelled each other out in the first half and just when we were able to open it up a little bit better, we really pressed the accelerator.
“I thought for 20 minutes we looked like a really good team today.”
Cambridge City’s reward for beating neighbours St Neots in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round on Friday is an away trip to National League South side St Albans City.
The Lilywhites won 3-1 thanks to goals from Lewis Wilson, Tom Knowles and Salim Relizani to set up a tie with a team who play two divisions higher and reached the first round proper themselves last term.
After the game, manager Robbie Nightingale said: “I think the result is a fair one. I think we showed more energy and desire to want to win the game and I think that was the difference between the two sides, the want to win.”
Histon’s unbeaten league start came to an abrupt end on Saturday as they lost 3-0 at fellow high-flyers Felixstowe & Walton United.
Goals from Josh Kerridge, Joe Francis and Scott Chaplin brought The Stutes’ eight-game undefeated record to a halt and they’re due to take on Haverhill on Tuesday night.
Great Shelford kept pace with leaders West Wratting in the Kershaw Premier on Saturday as they beat Linton Granta 2-0.
Elsewhere, there were defeats for the Fulbourn Institute, Cherry Hinton, Comberton and Foxton. Cambridge City Reserves versus Sawston ended goalless and Cambridge University Press drew with Brampton.
In Premier A, Milton were the only one of our sides to win as they beat Bar Hill 3-2 and are only second on goals scored.
In Premier B, Whittlesford were the only victors from our area. There was also action on the opening weekend of the Mead Plant & Grab Divisions.
Cambridge United Women had a weekend to remember as both their first and reserve teams won. The first team beat St Nicholas 5-0 in the League Cup on Sunday while their reserves beat Ipswich Wanderers 1-0.
Cambridge City Ladies took on Moulton in the First Qualifying Round of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday and made short work of them. City won 8-2.
In cricket, Cambridge Granta bounced back after last week’s Norwich heartache to beat Horsford on Saturday. They won by 14 runs after batting first and setting the visitors 201 to win.
Michael Pepper hit 72 with the bat while captain Jonny Atkinson made 51 at the crease and took four wickets as Horsford fell short.
In the Whiting & Partners Divisions, there were wins for Foxton and Waresley in Division 1 and in Division 2, Great Shelford, Sawston & Babraham and Cambridge Granta seconds all tasted victory.
In the CCA Senior League Divisions, Foxton seconds were the only side to win from our area in Division 1 while in Division 2, the Old Leysians and Longstanton picked up victories.
Cherry Hinton were the only side from our area in Division 3 to taste victory at the weekend.
In rugby union, Cambridge RUFC got their league season off to a flyer with an emphatic and entertaining 25-12 win over Fylde at the weekend.
Joe Green scored a stunning solo try for the Blood & Sand and Jack Green and Ben Penfold also contributed on an opening day to remember.
Shelford were beaten 39-19 by Tunbridge Wells in their season opener, but their Nomads did beat the Colchester Ravens on Saturday.
And in motorsport, Cambridge’s Sam Tomlinson had a mixed bag of results in the Lotus Elise Trophy at Brands Hatch on Saturday.
He came 11th in qualifying, 10th in Race 1 and didn’t finish the second race. But Tomlinson remains seventh in the overall standings.
Local driver Ben Barker was also in action at the weekend and he was involved in the World Endurance Championship race of Mexico.
His Gulf Racing team finished 23rd in the main race and struggled again in the free practices.
Published by Daniel Baker