Cambs League: Hard works pays off with important win as Brampton delight boss

George Cresswell hit Brampton's late winner last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

George Cresswell hit Brampton's late winner last Saturday. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

Brampton boss Wayne Ambler insists hard work is getting his side Kershaw Premier Division results.

He hailed the attitude and approach of his players following a last-gasp 2-1 success at Cambridge City Reserves in the Cambs League top-flight last Saturday.

George Cresswell pounced to convert Tommy Alexander’s corner to snatch the points for a Brampton side who have powered 10 points clear of the drop-zone courtesy of four victories in six games since the turn of the year.

“Hopefully this result should ensure we are safe,” said Ambler. “We’ve got the 10-point gap and we still have to play the bottom two.

“I was really proud of what I saw from the lads on Saturday. The work-rate and the way they dig each other out of holes was brilliant.

“Picking up a couple of wins on the spin is nice as it is something we haven’t done often enough.”

Top-scorer Danny Cain had earlier fired Brampton ahead with his 18th goal of the season, but the advantage proved to be short-lived in a match which featured two red cards and a stellar performance from a makeshift goalkeeper.

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Aaron Wootton was dismissed along with a home player following a flare-up midway through the second period while James Houston, who is normally a centre-back, was impressed between the sticks with regular shot-stopper Nick Parker working.

“James did me a favour and he made a few good saves,” added Ambler. “He had helped out the reserves in goal for a couple of weeks and did the same for us.”

Eaton Socon and Hemingfords United battled out a goalless draw – a result that didn’t really aid either side.

The stalemate left Socon, who had Robert Gooch sent off, six points behind leaders Great Shelford in the chase for the Premier Division title and Hemingfords four points adrift of safety.

It did at least extend Socon’s unbeaten league run to 14 games although they have now been held to four successive draws.

The Hemingfords reserve side are also in relegation trouble in Kershaw Senior B Division after a 1-0 loss at the hands of West Wratting Reserves, but another local team boosted their attempt to dodge the drop.

Toby Davies, Wayne Flack, Scott Flisher and Luke Forster found the net as Bluntisham Rangers picked up a valuable 4-1 victory at Wimblington.

The most emphatic victory of last weekend could be found in the lowest tier of the Cambs League.

Needingworth United Reserves kept themselves in the Division 5B promotion hunt with a 14-0 drubbing of Lakenheath Casuals Reserves.

The high-scoring success featured hat-tricks from James Hodson and Marco Galea before substitute Brett Swales stepped off the bench to find the net four times.