Littleport back to winning ways

PUBLISHED: 15:46 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010

Action from the Kershaw Premier Division match between Fordham and Great Shelford - Pic: Helen Drake

Action from the Kershaw Premier Division match between Fordham and Great Shelford - Pic: Helen Drake

KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION LITTLEPORT Town bounced back from last week s defeat at Great Shelford by winning 3-0 at struggling Linton Granta. We created a lot of chances, said Port boss Dave Cullum afterwards, but didn t play that well. Andrew F

KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION

LITTLEPORT Town bounced back from last week's defeat at Great Shelford by winning 3-0 at struggling Linton Granta.

"We created a lot of chances," said 'Port boss Dave Cullum afterwards, "but didn't play that well."

Andrew Francis, who missed several opportunities, broke the deadlock from Ben Layn's far post cross on the stroke of half-time, and Dave Beeton was credited with 'Port's second after Nigel Smith had nodded on a free-kick.

David Cullum (jnr) wrapped things up with goal number three following an interchange of passes with Sean Ambrose and Layn, and there was never any doubt about the outcome.

"They (Linton) worked hard," said Cullum, "but they are not the best footballing side I've ever seen. They have lost a few players and I think they will struggle."

Fordham were in action in the same section, but somehow contrived to throw away a 3-0 lead against leaders Great Shelford.

The visitors had the majority of first half possession, but were constantly hit on the break by Fordham.

"We absolutely annihilated them on the counter-attack," said Fordham secretary John Pryke afterwards, but Shelford won a penalty immediately after the break and suddenly the complexion of the game altered.

Fordham still had chances-a-plenty, but eventually found themselves on the wrong end of a 4-3 scoreline.

SENIOR DIVISION A

ELY City Reserves moved up to fourth spot in the table after completing the double against Mildenhall Town Reserves.

Andrew Lee broke the ice with a touch-line cross that bounced over the wrong-footed goalkeeper, and Gareth Arter settled Ely's nerves with a second goal after the break.

Man-of-the-match Liam Hart cracked home City's third goal on the hour, and that was enough to secure all three points for the hosts.

SENIOR DIVISION B

SOHAM United remain third from bottom after a fifth straight league defeat at home to Castle Camps.

They twice came from a goal down to draw level with their opponents, but Steve Dalby's own goal condemned them to a 3-2 defeat.

Haddenham Rovers had Ed Ideson to thank for their contribution to a 1-1 scoreline at home to Cherry Hinton.

DIVISION 1B

LITTLEPORT Town Reserves relinquished top spot after a 2-1 defeat against promotion rivals Fenstanton.

Richard Layn scored to keep them in contention, but it was otherwise a poor performance by the visitors.

DIVISION 2B

WITCHFORD '96 joined Wisbech St Mary at the top of the table on 24 points after a convincing win against local rivals Stretham Hotspurs.

Dale Hoey broke the deadlock with a low 20th minute shot into the bottom corner, and Robbie Scarrow made it 2-0 with a cracking volley.

Aaron Spencer chested the ball down and blasted home for Witchford's third, and 3-0 was how it finished.

Isleham United lost 1-0 at home to Over Sports Reserves, but Sutton United maintained their promotion bid with a 6-2 home victory against bottom-of-the-table Needingworth United Reserves.

Sam Oliver, Matthew Keys and Peter Wallace all grabbed two goals a-piece in Sutton's victory.

DIVISION 3B

THE Vine retained their unbeaten record and moved to the top of the table with a 6-4 win against promotion rivals Pymoor FC.

Tom Higgs, Sean Butcher, Simon Law and Greg Saberton got the visitors back on level terms after they had trailed 4-0 at one stage, but fitness told in the end and The Vine scored twice more to claim the points.

An under-strength Soham United Reserves missed the chance to go top themselves as they were beaten 3-0 at Brampton Reserves, but Little Downham Swifts had three goals to spare against Huntingdon United RGE Reserves.

Gareth Draper opened the scoring with a well-taken 10th minute goal, and James 'Jordie' Edmonds made it 2-1 before half-time.

Jamie Linney extended Downham's advantage after the break, and Edmonds struck again to seal a 4-1 result. Sixteen-year-old full-back Adam Reckless was man-of-the-match for Swifts.

Goals from Duncan Precious, Mark Hacking and Clive Boucheron meanwhile earned Fordham Reserves a 3-2 victory at Dullingham.

DIVISION 4B

LUKE Schunmann's double helped Ely Crusaders to a home win against Barton Mills Reserves, but his team were grateful for a string of fine saves from goalkeeper Nobby Clarke.

Wes Reid was the other player on target as Ely ran out 3-2 winners on the day.

Haddenham Rovers Reserves lost 5-0 at March Rangers, and Mepal Sports went down 2-1 at Exning Athletic, but Sutton United Reserves managed a 2-2 draw against their Willingham counterparts.

Substitute Phil Harrison made it 2-1 with a brave header after Willingham had cancelled out Johnny Few's early long-range effort, but the hosts replied to salvage a point.

DIVISION 5B

A 'BACKS to the wall' performance saw Burwell Swifts Reserves win at second-placed Walsoken United.

The first half was evenly-contested, but John Irvine's 30-yarder squirmed past the goalkeeper's left hand to put the visitors in front.

Glenn Carman followed up Tom Thatcher's blocked effort to make it

2-0 in the 47th minute, and Thatcher added a third soon afterwards as Swifts enjoyed a real purple patch.

Walsoken took control thereafter, but Burwell goalkeeper Mark Bennett produced a man-of-the-match performance to repeatedly deny them.

The hosts did manage to pull one back with 10 minutes left, but Swifts held on for a 3-1 success.

Isleham United Reserves lost 1-0 at Coldham United and Longstanton Reserves looked surprisingly useful as they beat Wicken Amateurs 5-0, but even goals failed to save other local sides from defeat in this section.

Justin Challis (2) and Leon Collins were on target to no avail in The Vine Reserves' 5-3 loss at Lode Reserves, and a Scott Dews double failed to save Littleport Town A from a 3-2 defeat at home to Cottenham United B.

CREAKE CHARITY SHIELD

SECOND ROUND

ELY City A beat higher-ranked opponents St Ives Rangers 1-0 thanks to a 30th minute goal from Stuart Seekings.

SUNDAY FOOTBALL

DIVISION 4A

WICKEN Maids Head completed the double over Alma FC Reserves, winning Sunday's encounter 4-2.

CAMBS FA MILLENIUM CUP SECOND ROUND

ELY Park Rangers Reserves are through to the next stage after Robert Parker (3), Richie Murfitt (2), Gareth Arter and goalkeeper Lee Follen (penalty) were among the goals in their 8-3 victory at Haslingfield Sunday.

VB TROPHIES LEAGUE CUP THIRD ROUND

GOALKEEPER Andrew Smart was the saviour for LTFC 1906 as his side went through on penalty kicks against QPR Ely.

Scott Dews (2) and Nathan Bennett kept LTFC on level terms three times in the first 90 minutes, and Andrew Berry secured a penalty shoot-out by making it 4-4 in the 115th minute.

Neil Cullum and Jamie Dews were the players on target in the shoot-out, and Smart's saves at the other end were enough to secure a 2-1 win.

Village Inn lost 4-0 at home to Linton Aztecs in the same competition, and Wilburton Albion went down by the odd goal in seven at home to Senior Division Sawston Keys, but Triple-S and Ely Park Rangers are both through.

Martin Corbett (3), Jonathan Cowling (2) and Wayne Bell (penalty) saw makeshift Triple-S through 6-0 at Litlington Sunday, while Ely came through 3-1 at home to Coton.

David Cornwell chipped over the advancing 'keeper to put Rangers in front after 15 minutes, and Brady Stone scored at the far post on the stroke of half-time. Cornwell made it three before the visitors got a late goal.

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