LOCAL FOOTBALL: Huntingdon United boss Lee Milton salutes his promotion-winners - then sets his sights on title and cup success
PUBLISHED: 14:47 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:47 24 March 2017
Huntingdon United clinched Cambs League promotion last Saturday - without kicking a ball and with five matches to spare.
The rise of Lee Milton’s table-toppers from Division 1B was confirmed by a defeat for Chatteris Town Reserves on a day when they didn’t have a game themselves.
But boss Milton was quick to insist there will be no let-up from his unbeaten side, who can seal the title by beating March Town Reserves at Sapley Park, this Saturday.
It could prove to be a memorable few days with United taking on the Chatteris second string in the Creake Charity Shield final at the GER Ground, in March, on March 30.
Milton said: “Myself and my assistant, Gary Baillie, made it clear to the players that promotion was the target going into this season.
“Every member of the squad - old and new - bought into the things we asked of them and we’re delighted to have achieved our goal.
“The next step now is to wrap up the title and hopefully we can get that done and dusted this weekend before looking forward to the cup final.
“It would be great to be able to go through the whole season unbeaten in the league, but that’s not something we’ll worry about too much.”
Houghton & Wyton boosted their hopes of following Huntingdon United up into Kershaw Senior B Division with a fine success.
Simon Osborne and John Johnson hit the goals in a 2-1 triumph against Fordham for a side looking for a fifth successive promotion.
And while Houghton & Wyton could be leaving Division 1B behind, AFC Barley Mow have all but earned a rise at that level next season.
Sean Sweeney’s men strengthened their grip on second spot in Division 2B with a 3-0 victory against Mepal.
Leading scorer Josh Turner, Nick Gingell, and Liam Murray were the men on target for a side who now need one more point to be certain of going up.
Further local success is almost assured in Division 5B where Huntingdon United Reserves, Needingworth United Reserves and Houghton & Wyton Reserves continue to occupy the top three positions in the standings.
There were changes in the order last Saturday, though, as the Huntingdon side took over at the summit on goal difference.
Craig Green, Guy Rickson, Derry Stowers, Harvey Kitchin and Kieran Price struck for them in a 5-0 rout of Fenstanton Reserves.
The Needingworth second string sit level with the leaders, but have played a game more, following a 5-1 win at Wicken.
James Hodson struck twice with Andrew Chapman, Adam Kay and boss Brett Swales also finding the net.
Houghton & Wyton Reserves dropped to third after going down 2-1 at Outwell Swifts Reserves - just their second defeat of the season.