’Port weather early-season storm

KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION LITTLEPORT Town lost their first three league outings but since then have done little wrong. They have only lost one more league fixture (at runaway leaders Great Shelford), and reached the last eight of the Cliff Bullen Ch

KERSHAW PREMIER DIVISION

LITTLEPORT Town lost their first three league outings but since then have done little wrong.

They have only lost one more league fixture (at runaway leaders Great Shelford), and reached the last eight of the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup and the last four of the Premier League Cup, which they must be hot favourites to win.

But the league position remains the true measure of a team's status, and there seems no reason why they cannot improve on their current fourth position.


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Fordham are only one point worse off than 'Port in sixth place, but are out of both cup competitions after losing to their local rivals on penalties in the Premier League Cup, and 4-3 to Over Sports in the Challenge Cup, having ousted mighty Shelford in the previous round.

They remain a threat to all teams in the top flight, however, and are more than capable of challenging for a top four spot. But having drawn more games than any other team in this section, they need to find a killer touch from somewhere.

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SENIOR DIVISION A

ELY City Reserves look capable of following up last season's Senior B championship after dropping just eight points from their first 11 league games.

Only unbeaten leaders Hundon are better off than Ely, being eight points ahead having played two games more.

City are also through to the last four of the William Cockell Cup, and with all the big guns out (the other three teams at the semi-final stage are in eighth, ninth and 10th places in the league), Ely must be a warm order to lift the trophy.

Soham Town Rangers Reserves may already have dropped too many points to challenge for promotion to the top flight, and they will do well to overhaul the likes of Hundon, Wisbech Town Reserves and Ely City Reserves in the second half of the season, particularly as 10 of their remaining 17 matches are away from home.

SENIOR DIVISION B

HADDENHAM Rovers have recovered from an inauspicious start to sit in fourth spot at the midway stage of the season, thanks largely to their 32-goal strike force of Kenny Holmes and Will Ludbrooke.

After 11 games they had only 13 points to their credit and were out of both cups, but they have lost only once since then - to leaders Whittlesford United - and should manage a top-half finish.

Soham United, as last season, are involved in a relegation dogfight and lie fourth from bottom in the table.

A run of five successive league defeats and two cup losses did little to boost their confidence, but they are probably a lot better than their league position would suggest and they ought to finish somewhere towards the middle of the table.

DIVISION 1B

LITTLEPORT Town Reserves are well in the promotion mix despite losing their last two games against fellow contenders Fenstanton and Huntingdon United RGE.

Huntingdon are still unbeaten and are the title favourites, but they have only played eight league games and are still in both cup competitions, so they have a lot to do in 2007.

Littleport are also involved in both knockout competitions, and that has proved their undoing in the past, so they need to get their priorities right.

DIVISION 2B

WITCHFORD '96 (third) and Sutton United (fourth) are firmly in the promotion picture, and the race looks to be between them, Longstanton and current leaders Wisbech St Mary.

Witchford have the worst goal difference of that quartet and could be one of the teams to miss out at the end of the season.

But Sutton have every chance if they can make the most of their games in hand.

Ely City A have improved recently and look like a top-half side, but Stretham Hotspurs - the only team to lower Wisbech's colours this season - have lost nine times, which is more than any other team in the Division.

Isleham United, too, are in deep trouble near the foot of the table, and it could be one of those two local sides who go down alongside Bluntisham Rangers Reserves.

DIVISION 3B

EXCITING times lie ahead in Division 3B, with Soham United Reserves (currently second), The Vine (unbeaten in fourth), and Pymoor FC (fifth), all well in contention at the top.

It looks between those three, Wisbech St Mary Reserves and current leaders Somersham Town Reserves, and there is little to separate them at this stage.

Fordham Reserves could take vital points from any of the top sides - indeed, they have already drawn with Wisbech and Somersham - but Little Downham Swifts are finding life tough, although they are surely too good to be relegated.

DIVISION 4B

ANOTHER trio of local sides are in contention here, too, with Burwell Swifts (third), Mepal Sports (fourth), and Ely Crusaders (sixth) virtually inseparable behind Wisbech St Mary A and March Rangers at the top.

Sutton United Reserves (eighth) could gatecrash the promotion party if they start to win more games than they draw, but Haddenham Rovers Reserves are bottom and will almost certainly go down.

DIVISION 5B

LITTLEPORT Town A (third), The Vine Reserves (fifth), and Burwell Swifts Reserves (sixth) all seem to be fighting for the runners-up promotion spot behind unbeaten leaders Outwell Swifts Reserves, with Fenstanton Reserves and Walsoken United also in the fray.

Wicken Amateurs and Little Downham Swifts Reserves look solid mid-table options, while Isleham United Reserves will do well to stay off the foot of the table.

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