Oli Lamming grabs vital goal in Cambridge South victory over Norwich City
Win helps battle against relegation
Oli Lamming eased the nerves of Cambridge South to help them secure a vital victory in their bid to avoid relegation from East Men’s League, Division 2N.
Fellow strugglers Norwich City III were the visitors to Long Road, with only goal difference separating the two sides before the start of play.
And it was South that surged into the lead, with goals from Chris Pearson, Graham McCulloch and Mike Karran putting them 3-0 up at half time.
But the visitors capitalised on a couple of defensive lapses to pull it back to 3-2 midway through the second half, and it could have been all square but for a spectacular save from South keeper Jason Mann, who tipped a rasping shot away from his top corner.
Lamming then gave them some breathing space with a fourth goal, with a far-post finish.
The 4-2 victory moves South three points clear of the drop zone with three matches to play.
Jack Franklin and Richard Lloyd scored two tries each as Cambridge Nomads won 4-3 against Sudbury.
There were contrasting fortunes for Cambridge South II, who still have the outside possibility of promotion in 4NW.
They hosted Kettering, who dominated the early exchanges with a few hit early crosses passing agonisingly close to the far post.
South broke the deadlock though as Sam Polge was forced onto his reverse side before lobbing the keeper from eight yards.
Kettering maintained the pressure and eventually equalised from a short corner.
But after half time, South’s midfield dominance led to John Pawson making the breakthrough and the goal earned his team a 2-1 win.
And there was victory for Cambridge Nomads II in 4NW, with a 2-1 win at Wellingborough.
Cambridge South III’s push for the 5NW title suffered a setback as they conceded a late goal to lose 2-1 to March Town II.
March took the lead but Dave Monck made the most of a rare chance to play forward by scoring the equaliser.
But a late sucker punch saw March take the win through a penalty corner. South’s fate remains in their own hands though, as seven points from their final three games will see them crowned champions.
Nothing could separate Cambridge South IV and St Neots IV in 6NW (S) as the sides battled out a 1-1 draw in the top-of-the-table clash.
South started the better but could only get one goal from all their pressure, and that came through a forceful dribble by Stu Creed to set up Pip Ho at the far post to stab in.
St Neots’ direct strategy got them back in the game in the second half, and they drew level through their target man.
And after South missed a late penalty stroke, the match remained tied.