Inconsistent Reserves fall short

PUBLISHED: 18:27 11 July 2007 | UPDATED: 12:39 04 May 2010

DIVISION 3B Fordham Reserves Home: W6 D2 L5 F38 A38 Away: W6 D2 L5 F33 A29 Pts: 40 (6th of 14) RESERVES, who used no fewer than 41 players during a satisfactory campaign, didn t quite have the ammunition or consistency to trouble the principals in this se

DIVISION 3B

Fordham Reserves

Home: W6 D2 L5 F38 A38

Away: W6 D2 L5 F33 A29

Pts: 40 (6th of 14)

RESERVES, who used no fewer than 41 players during a satisfactory campaign, didn't quite have the ammunition or consistency to trouble the principals in this section, finishing 18 points adrift of fourth-placed Pymoor FC.

But after a relatively poor start (five points from a possible 18) they put together a useful run of results which put them in touching distance of the leaders with five games remaining.

They managed only one more point from the last 15 however, despite having four of those games at home.

In between times they boasted a league record that compared well with any of the top four teams, taking 34 points from a possible 45 and beating Wisbech St Mary Reserves in the process (indeed, they took four points from the third-placed team).

But Pymoor (fourth) doubled them, so did Lakenheath (fifth), and four points were surrendered to both Somersham Town Reserves (second) and champions The Vine.

That was the difference in the end.

Soham United Reserves

Home: W7 D2 L4 F42 A35

Away: W3 D1 L9 F22 A53

Pts: 33 (7th of 14)

THE fact that Soham United Reserves finished in the top half owed everything to a dream start which saw them lead the table midway through the season.

A second-game 3-1 defeat at Dullingham was the only league game that Soham lost in their opening nine fixtures, but the New Year was a far from happy one for the Wasps, and the odd-goal-in-seven home defeat by Wisbech, although followed by a 2-1 win against Huntingdon United RGE Reserves, seemed the catalyst for their demise.

They took only one point from the next eight games, and after beating bottom club Hemingfords United A on April 14 they then took just one more point from their remaining four matches.

Soham did give champions The Vine a scare in the last game of the season, but that was the nearest they came to discovering their early season form.

Little Downham Swifts

Home: W6 D1 L6 F30 A25

Away: W0 D3 L10 F18 A36

Pts: 22 (12th of 14)

DOWNHAM struggled throughout, taking only three points from a possible 39 away from home and eventually requiring goal difference to keep themselves out of the bottom two. Only home form kept them afloat.

Soham United Reserves (who finished seventh) were the only top half team that Downham managed to take a point from, and although Swifts were rarely thrashed, they rarely looked like keeping a clean sheet either.

Even so, last season represented a step in the right direction for Downham, and they will hopefully go on from there.

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