Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In football, Cambridge United edged out Sutton United 1-0 in the FA Cup First Round on Sunday and were made to work by their National League opponents.
Despite having George Maris sent off, Jabo Ibehre found some space and then the net to seal a narrow win for which they’ve been rewarded with a winnable tie away at Newport.
Cambridge City got back to winning ways with a 4-1 triumph over struggling Fleet Town at Westwood Road on Saturday, just days after their new stadium announcement.
Ryan Sharman opened the scoring to extend his red-hot form, but their opponents leveled after the break. But then further goals from Buster Harradine, Salim Relizani and Lewis Wilson secured the victory.
Histon also picked up a win this weekend. After beating Saffron Walden in midweek, they saw off Gorleston 2-0 thanks to goals from Max York and Casey Phillips.
In the Kershaw Premier Division, Hemingfords United continued their march up the table with a 3-1 win at Cambridge University Press. The goals came from Tom Howard (2) and Jack Jefferson. Hemingfords United are now unbeaten in five.
Braces from Daniel Cain and Nicholas Garner helped Brampton go to Sawston United and hit eight without reply.
Two Thomas Joyce goals helped Comberton United win 3-2 at Linton Granta and Fulbourn Institute defeated struggling Cherry Hinton 4-2.
Fowlmere moved to the top of Senior A as they defeated Soham Town Rangers Reserves 8-2. Milton are up to second as they won 2-1 at home to Hundon.
Senior B Leaders Huntingdon United were on the end of a surprise result as the lost 5-3 at Newmarket Town Reserves.
Second place Red Lodge are now only two points behind the leaders with two games in hand. Needingworth got only their second win of the season defeating neighbours Bluntisham Rangers 4-0.
In Division 1A leaders West Wratting scored six and made it six wins from six beating Exning United 6-1. Ashdon Villa are up to second as a Charlie Norris brace helped them beat Cherry Hinton Reserves.
AFC Barley Mow moved to the top of 1B as four goals from Ben Colmer and three from Jonathan Hall helped them beat Littleport Town 9-0. Previous leaders Alconbury were held to a 2-2 draw at Fordham. The Fordham goals came from Reece Peacock and Jordan Theobald.
Hemingfords United Reserves secured their first win of the season beating neighbours Fenstanton 1-0. There was a big shock in 2Aas Bar Hill Reserves secured their first win of the season and moving themselves off the bottom of the table by beating leaders Bassingbourn 3-0.
Linton Granta A, Papworth and Mott MacDonald all scored seven – Linton beat Sawston United Reserves 7-3,
Papworth saw off Litlington Athletic 7-1 and Mott MacDonald defeated Cambourne Rovers 7-2.
In 2B Tuddenham 08 lost their first game of the season, as Soham United Reserves beat them. Chris Fury grabbed a hat-trick for Wimblington as they defeated Isleham United 4-1.
In 3A Comberton United Reserves lost their first game of the season 7-4 at Steeple Morden Reserves. Luke Gurney grabbed a hat-trick for Steeple Morden and Max Willis a hat-trick for Comberton United.
Ely Crusaders suffered their first defeat of the season as they went down 3-1 at home to Cottenham United Reserves with Reece Rayner grabbing a brace.
4A leaders Cambridge Ambassadors were held to a 1-1 draw at Kedington. Haverhill are up to third as they beat Harston Bostocks 3-2.
Fordham Reserves made it 7 wins from 7 in 4B, as braces from Chris Avis and Adam Cook helped them to a 4-2 win at Chatteris Town A. Outwell Swifts are three points off the leaders after winning 12-1 at Hemingfords United A.
David Roberts scored four for Needingworth United Reserves as they won 8-2 at home to Coldham United. Clare Town Reserves have a nine-point lead at the top of 5A as goals from Terry Bee and Nathan Copsey saw them overcome Milton B 2-1 however second placed Histon Hornets do have 3 games in hand.
Barrington suffered their first defeat of the season 4-1 at Steeple Bumpstead Reserves. The top two met in 5B and it was St Ives Rangers Reserves who came out on top winning 9-2 at AFC Christchurch and leapfrogging them into top spot. Lewis Greening and Chris Haddon both scored four as Marchester United beat Benwick Athletic Reserves 10-0.
Many of our women’s teams were also in action at the weekend too. Cambridge United, who beat Haringey Borough 7-0 and Cambridge City, who saw off Colney Heath 2-0, were among the winners.
In rugby union, Cambridge RUFC suffered their second straight defeat against the Hull Ionians on Saturday. A good Jack Green kick had put the Blood and Sand 3-0 up early on and they led 10-5 at the break.
But Hull went on to win 27-21, although Cambridge did come away with a bonus point loss. Their seconds and thirds also lost to Barnes and Thurston respectively.
Shelford were also defeated as they went down 26-5 to Barnes at the Davey Field. Red Newberry’s try had put the Peacocks in front, but Barnes replied with 21 unanswered points.
Cantabs fared no better either as they suffered a crushing 54-15 loss at Sudbury. Their seconds did beat Haverhill, but their thirds were beaten by Shelford fifths. But the Cottenham Renegades did win – they destroyed Saffron Walden seconds 89-21.
In hockey, Cambridge City Hockey Club returned to winning ways with a 5-1 triumph over Southgate in the Women’s Conference East.
The men’s winners from the East Leagues included two sides from Cambridge City, four more from Cambridge South and Cambridge Nomads thirds.
The women’s winners were the second and third sides from Cambridge City, Cambridge University and Cambridge South alongside Cambridge Nomads seconds.
In motorsport, Cambridge’s Ben Barker and his Gulf Racing Team avoided the wooden spoon prize in the 6 Hours of Shanghai Race in the World Endurance Championship.
Gulf Racing struggled in the free practices and qualifying, but finished 22nd in the main race, managing 30 laps.
In cricket, Anglia Ruskin’s first team racked up three victories in the Indoor League at the weekend. They saw off Northampton, Oxford Brookes and Middlesex.
In American Football, the Anglia Ruskin Rhinos suffered a 25-9 defeat to UEL Phoenix in their opening league game at the weekend.
And in futsal, Anglia Ruskin thirds were beaten by Easton and Otley on Sunday.
Published by Daniel Baker