Port bottomed out in league clashes

PUBLISHED: 10:54 18 May 2006 | UPDATED: 13:27 04 May 2010

PREMIER DIVISION Littleport Town (6th of 15) P28 49pts Home: W9 D0 L5 F26 A13 Away: W6 D4 L4 F23 A25 Littleport on Tuesday lost their Premier League Cup Final clash with Over Sports 2-1 after extra time in a match postponed on Easter Monday. In the lea

PREMIER DIVISION

Littleport Town (6th of 15) P28 49pts

Home: W9 D0 L5 F26 A13

Away: W6 D4 L4 F23 A25

Littleport on Tuesday lost their Premier League Cup Final clash with Over Sports 2-1 after extra time in a match postponed on Easter Monday.

In the league however, Littleport finished in sixth position, four points adrift of a third-placed Cottenham side they beat twice during the campaign.

Admittedly, Port took no points from their encounters with the top two Sawston United and Great Shelford, but their results against Cottenham and a 2-1 Premier League Cup semi-final win against the runaway champions Sawston would indicate their sixth-place finish was a slight disappointment.

The main reasons for them finishing short of the top three can be attributed to some poor results against teams that eventually ended up in the bottom six of the table.

Tenth-placed Newmarket Town Reserves doubled them in the last month of the season, 11th-placed Great Paxton shocked them 3-1 at home (only a week after Port had won 4-2 at Paxton), and they managed only a draw in their visit to eventual bottom-club Hemingfords United.

Fordham (8th of 15) P28 37pts

Home: W5 D4 L5 F23 A23

Away: W5 D3 L6 F23 A29

Fordham were ninth when they concluded their 28-match programme, but Histon A's final game 4-1 home defeat by Great Shelford moved them into the top eight on goal difference, ahead of Histon.

That was a considerable achievement, considering the trouble they were in at the start of the 2005/2006 campaign.

Their first 17 league outings were punctuated by just four victories - albeit including some impressive ones against C U Press (eventually fourth) and Over Sports (eventually fifth), but a mere 15 points at that stage left them in trouble towards the foot of the table with just 11 matches remaining.

Fordham had also departed from both cup competitions after penalty shoot-outs at the hands of Wisbech Town Reserves and Great Paxton, so they were at least able to focus 100 per cent on steering clear of Hemingfords United in the basement.

It transpired, however, that they were much too good to stay in the lower reaches of the Premier Division table, and only one defeat - at home to eventual runners-up Great Shelford - in their last 11 matches yielded an impressive average of two points per game.

Like Littleport, they failed to take any points from their meetings with the top two, but they took maximum points from their clashes against the bottom two sides.

Probably their best results of the season were the aforementioned win at Over (3-0) and the 2-0 win at Cottenham United in the Premier League Cup.

PERCY OLDHAM CUP FINAL

Ely City Reserves completed a league and cup double last week as they edged out Senior Division B rivals Debden in the final of the Percy Oldham Cup at Cambridge City's Milton Road ground.

After a nervy opening spell, it was City who broke the ice when Steve Pollard scored midway through the first half.

David Cornwell's cross was just far enough away from the goalkeeper, and Pollard scored with a header which cannoned in off the underside of the crossbar.

Ely went further ahead at the start of the second half, following a good interchange between Pollard and Jamie Gayfer on the edge of the Debden penalty area.

Gayfer's pass released Chris Lupson behind the defensive line, and he made no mistake with a shot from eight yards which made the score 2-0.

Debden pulled one back with a header 15 minutes from time and proceeded to push players forward in large numbers, but they never looked dangerous and City held on comfortably for a 2-1 win, without creating any further chances themselves.

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