Poor away form hits title assault
Sunday Football ReviewSENIOR DIVISION Triple-S Home W5 D1 L2 F30 A23 Away W2 D1 L5 F28 A26 Pts 20* (6th of 9) *Three points deducted FORMER champions Triple-S looked like possible contenders after winning four of their first six league matches and drawing 5-5 with a Tally Ho s
Sunday Football Review
Home W5 D1 L2 F30 A23
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Away W2 D1 L5 F28 A26
Pts 20* (6th of 9)
- 1 Shocks all round as police pull over 'white van man'
- 2 Fire destroys family bungalow in the Fens
- 3 Triple judo Olympic champion to give masterclass for Ely Dojo
- 4 G's to help save Christmas for poultry industry
- 5 HGV driver courses set up to help meet critical shortages
- 6 New Ely cinema, royal visit, Welney gets a hall and Thomas a new car
- 7 Yellow weather warning issued for Cambridgeshire
- 8 High-flying 'humble' gymnast, 9, top of the tree on county debut
- 9 Motion calls for community housing review in four villages
- 10 Seven men jailed for stealing bikes worth £70k
*Three points deducted
FORMER champions Triple-S looked like possible contenders after winning four of their first six league matches and drawing 5-5 with a Tally Ho side that had previously beaten them 9-3.
They were generally let down by their away form, however, and even contrived to lose at Drayton Lions, who finished bottom with only six points to their credit.
Triple-S beat the eventual champions Ashwell as well as holding the 2005/2006 champions Tally Ho, and although they took points from every other team in the top flight, they never won more than two league games in a row.
Ely Park Rangers
Home W9 D0 L0 F38 A9
Away W6 D0 L3 F35 A19
Pts 45 (1st of 10)
WITH an unblemished record on their home ground, Rangers did just enough to repel the challenge of Arbury and lift the Division 1A title for the first time in the club's history.
They had dropped only three points in 10 matches prior to the March 11 fixture at Arbury, and although Rangers lost that match by the only goal, it transpired the Cambridge team had fielded an ineligible player.
Ely thrashed Arbury 6-2 in the return fixture, and by doing so virtually assured themselves of the championship.
Senior Division football beckons, but the team's future success or failure will depend largely upon the commitment of the players involved.
Ely Park Rangers Reserves
Home W8 D1 L0 F55 A5
Away W9 D0 L0 F54 A8
Pts 52 (1st of 10)
RANGERS will be replaced in Division 1A by their Reserve team, who were unbeaten in winning the Division 2A title, and dropped only two points all season.
They scored 109 league goals and conceded only 13, a 1-1 home draw with runners-up Magpies 2001 constituting their toughest league match of the campaign.
Rangers also lifted the M&E Freeman Junior Cup, beating Stapleford 4-2 in the final after disposing of Coton, Brook Magpies, Babraham and Shelford Falcons.
Babraham got their revenge in the quarter-finals of the Millennium Cup, and that 6-2 loss represented Ely's only competitive defeat in 2006/2007.
Were they as good as, if not better than, the first team?
Home W5 D0 L4 F28 A18
Away W4 D0 L5 F18 A26
Pts 27 (5th of 10)
QPR managed to finish in the top half of the table, but were no match for the top sides in this section.
The top three teams were vastly superior to the remainder, and the bottom five were largely inferior to the top five. QPR and Alma FC were therefore left in a mini-league of their own, fighting for fourth place.