SATURDAY FOOTBALL REVIEW

PUBLISHED: 11:22 27 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:53 04 May 2010

DIVISION 4B (continued) Burwell Swifts (6th of 14) P26 Home W6 D2 L5 F30 A30 Away W5 D3 L5 F28 A30 Pts 38 Burwell Swifts ended up sixth, but were let down by a gruesome mid-season spell which saw them gather only one win in 10 league outings. In a 26-m

DIVISION 4B (continued)

Burwell Swifts (6th of 14)

P26 Home W6 D2 L5 F30 A30

Away W5 D3 L5 F28 A30 Pts 38

Burwell Swifts ended up sixth, but were let down by a gruesome mid-season spell which saw them gather only one win in 10 league outings. In a 26-match campaign, that is too much to contend with.

Either side of that run they were fine. They took 14 points from their first seven outings, and 18 points from their last nine - an average of two points per game.

Maintained throughout the season, that form would have seen them comfortably in the runners-up berth.

Ely Crusaders Res (10th of 14)

P26 Home W5 D4 L4 F23 A36

Away W3 D3 L7 F18 A30 Pts 31

Ely Crusaders Reserves had a similar campaign to Burwell, but finished seven points and four places worse off despite losing only once in their first 10 matches.

They subsequently won only one of their next 10 (including losing six times in a row), but recovered to some extent by winning two, drawing two and losing two of their last half-a-dozen fixtures.

But after a very encouraging start, it was very hard work for Ely's second string.

Haddenham Rov R (13th of 14)

P26 Home W4 D2 L7 F20 A30

Away W2 D2 L9 F19 A44 Pts 19*

* Three points deducted

There has perhaps been enough said about the team which dragged the banner of Haddenham Rovers Reserves through the mud last season, so I don't intend to wax lyrical here.

Suffice to say that on-field discipline apart, they couldn't raise a team for the visit of Burwell Swifts on April 8 and then failed to turn up for the final game of the season at Mepal Sports.

Wicken Amateurs (14th of 14)

P26 Home W1 D3 L9 F24 A68

Away W2 D1 L10 F20 A56 Pts 13

Wicken Amateurs, whose plight and fall from grace (by that I mean the dizzying heights of Division 1B) has been well documented in recent seasons, have now dropped to the bottom division after taking just 10 points from their 26 matches, finishing bottom of Division 4B in the process.

Their season was perhaps noteworthy for three reasons: They beat the Pymoor team that only just missed out on runners-up spot, their only home win of the season was a walkover at the expense of Ely Crusaders Reserves, and they were involved in an astonishing 8-8 home draw with Exning Athletic.

This was during Wicken's only decent run of the campaign, when they lost just once in six league outings before the end of the 2005 calendar year. They began 2006 with an 8-0 defeat at St Ives Town A however, and it didn't get much better after that.

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