Saturday Football Review

PUBLISHED: 10:20 29 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:50 04 May 2010

By Steve Green DIVISION 2B Stretham Hotspurs P26 Home W5 D2 L6 F24 A19 Away W5 D2 L6 F28 A32 Pts 34 (7th of 14) Stretham Hotspurs just managed to finish in the top half of the table thanks to a positive goal difference (+1) ahead of Over Sports Res

By Steve Green

DIVISION 2B

Stretham Hotspurs

P26 Home W5 D2 L6 F24 A19

Away W5 D2 L6 F28 A32 Pts 34

(7th of 14)

Stretham Hotspurs just managed to finish in the top half of the table thanks to a positive goal difference (+1) ahead of Over Sports Reserves (-8) and Lode (-13), teams from whom they took nine points out of a possible 12.

An inauspicious start saw them take just four points from the opening five games, but they went on to win six of their next eight matches to put themselves firmly in the promotion race.

That was followed by three straight league defeats however - including two at home - and the rest of their programme was practically all over the place.

In the end, Stretham got the placing they deserved, because against the six sides that finished above them they didn't achieve a lot - just two points out of 24 in fact.

Ely City A

P26 Home W4 D3 L6 F24 A29

Away W4 D2 L7 F20 A29 Pts 29

(11th of 14)

Ely City A managed only a few league wins and never more than two on the trot, but they still did enough to stay out of relegation trouble.

With four games remaining their survival was still in some doubt, but successive victories against Stretham and St Ives Town Reserves - completing a double on both occasions - kept the wolf from the door.

City's best results however, were probably the home draws with Fenstanton (champions), Needingworth United Reserves (3rd) and the 3-2 victory over local rivals Sutton United (5th).

Isleham United

P26 Home W5 D1 L7 F31 A29

Away W2 D0 L11 F15 A45 Pts 22

(13th of 14)

Oh dear. After winning their opening two matches at home to Over Sports Reserves and Bluntisham Rangers Reserves, it all went horribly wrong for Isleham United last season.

They lost the next three matches 3-2 at home, and proceeded to win just two out of the next 17 league matches to plunge down the table with just 13 points and only seven games remaining.

Successive home wins against Somersham Town Reserves and Sutton briefly revived their hopes, but they subsequently lost four of their last five outings to finish a point adrift of third-from-bottom Milton Reserves.

United were not too bad at home, but on foreign soil they lost 11 of their 13 matches and that is the reason why they under-performed.

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