Daniel Baker has a look at some of the local sports from around the region.
In football, former Cambridge United and St Neots goalkeeper Paul Bastock entered the history books at the weekend as he beat Peter Shilton’s record number of appearances in senior football for a shot-stopper. Bastock played his 1,250th game for Wisbech Town in their FA Vase win over Thetford.
Cambridge United were held to a goalless draw by Accrington Stanley in League 2 on Saturday. The U’s had goalkeeper David Forde to thank for making some crucial saves while at the other end, Jabo Ibehre and Uche Ikpeazu both had chances for the home side.
And another man with a Cambridge United connection, ex-manager Herve Renard, guided his Morocco team to the 2018 World Cup on Saturday. The Atlas Lions won 2-0 in Abidjan against the Ivory Coast to book their first finals appearance since 1998.
Cambridge City needed the in-form Ryan Sharman to bail out them at Marlow on Saturday. After taking the lead, the Lilywhites found themselves 3-2 down before Sharman popped up to rescue a 3-3 draw and round off his hat-trick in the process.
Histon demolished Great Yarmouth Town to get their play-off ambitions back on track. The Stutes won 6-1 away from home at the weekend.
In the Kershaw Premier League Cup there was somewhat of a surprise with Cherry Hinton beating Cambridge University Press 4-0 with Conor Diver grabbing all four of the goals. Callum Harrison grabbed a brace as West Wratting overcame Comberton United 6-0.
It took penalties to separate Lakenheath and Hemingfords United, Lakenheath eventually winning 5-4 after a 2-2 draw. Linton Granta were another team to score six as they beat Gamlingay United 6-0 with Dale Archer grabbing a brace.
In the Premier Division Nick Impey scored twice as Great Shelford beat struggling Chatteris Town 6-0. Brampton scrapped past bottom club Foxton 2-1. John Fear grabbed a couple as Fulbourn Institute beat Cambridge City Development 3-1. Another man to score twice was Dominic Smith as Eaton Socon beat Sawston United 4-1.
Milton moved to the top of Senior A as the beat Over Sports 2-0 and Fowlmere’s match with Bar Hill was postponed. Oliver Henderson scored a brace for Soham Town Rangers Reserves as they beat Fulbourn Institute Reserves 3-1.
In Senior B Red Lodge are now level on points with leaders Huntingdon United after they won 3-0 against Sawston Rovers and the leaders were held to a somewhat surprising draw 2-2 at struggling Needingworth United. John Flack grabbed a hat-trick as Bluntisham Rangers beat Royston Town A 4-1. Steeple Bumpstead remain third as a brace from James Haylock saw them beat Godmanchester Rovers Reserves 4-1.
Ashdon Villa moved to the top of Division 1A as they beat neighbours Linton Granta A 2-1, the goals coming from Steven Leys and Daniel Phelan. Joel Boggis scored three for Clare Town as they overcame Debden 5-2. Another man to grab a hat-trick was Luke Burnham in Balsham’s 4-0 defeat of Milton Reserves.
In Division 1B Eaton Socon Reserves hit nine as they overcame Chatteris Town Reserves 9-0, Tom Baxter, Lee Griffiths and Kyle Morris all scoring twice.
Mott MacDonald moved to the top of Division 2A as the overcame Litlington Athletic 8-1. Over Sports Reserves are a point behind them with a game in hand as they won 3-1 at Whittlesford United Reserves. Carlos Griffin grabbed a hat-trick for Cambourne Rovers as they beat Linton Granta A 8-2. Another man to grab three was Matthew Whyllie in Gamlingay United 5-0 win over City Life.
Division 2B leaders Mepal Sports were made to fight all the way by bottom club Manea United eventually coming away with a 4-3 victory. George Rayner grabbing a hat-trick for the leaders. Thomas Crowson scored four for second place Wisbech St Mary Reserves as they won 4-0 at Brampton Reserves.
Great Paxton moved to the top of Division 3A as they overcame Eaton Socon A 8-3 and Meldreth didn’t have a game. Comberton United Reserves are level on 15 points with the top two as the beat Abington United 4-3.
In Division 3B, game of the day was at Cottenham where Cottenham United Reserves and Blutnisham Rangers Reserves shared 8 goals in a 4-4 draw. Alfa Jalo grabbed a hat-trick as Wisbech Town Acorns overcame Wisbech St Mary B 4-0.
Fulbourn Institute A made it five wins from five in Division 4A as they put seven past leaders Cambridge Ambassadors without reply, Joe Salvage grabbing four goals. Michael Evans grabbed a hat-trick as Milton A beat Guilden Morden 9-1.
In Division 4B, Wimblington Reserves and Coldham United shared out an entertaining 3-3 draw.
Dion Jones and Alex Marr both scored twice as Barrington overcame Mott MacDonald Reserves 5-2 in Division 5A. Longstanton and Orwell Reserves shared eight goals in a 4-4 draw.
Little Downham Swifts made it five from five in Division 5B as a hat-trick from Lewis Chambers saw them overcome Fenstanton Reserves 9-4. St Ives Rangers remain top as they beat Somersham Town A 6-1 with Alex Merry grabbing a hat-trick.
Many of our women’s sides were in action at the weekend and the winners included Fulbourn Institute, Cambridge United Development and Cambridge City.
In rugby union, Cambridge RUFC lost to Birmingham, but their second team beat Haverhill to bring some cheer to the Blood & Sand.
Shelford were hammered 52-0 by Guernsey, but their thirds beat Saffron Walden seconds. Cantabs narrowly lost to Ipswich and the Cottenham Renegades lost to Thurston.
In futsal, Cambridge United suffered more agony at the hands of London Helvecia with a heavy 13-2 home defeat on Sunday.
In hockey, it was busy day for many our men’s and women’s teams and Cambridge City’s 1-1 draw with Barnes was among the results.
In American Football, the Cambridge University Pythons got their season off to a bad start with a 26-0 defeat against Canterbury which was their first ever defeat against Chargers.
And in handball, both the men’s and women’s teams from Cambridge Handball Club lost to London GD at the weekend.
Published by Daniel Baker